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Formula Dynamics Releases Big Brake Kit for Maserati 4200 Coupe, Spyder & Gransport

Formula Dynamics has released a new High Performance Big Brake Kit for the Maserati 4200 Coupe, Spyder and GranSport Models. This development is a result of a partnership between Formula Dynamics and Race Technologies (the source for Brembo® High Performance Braking Systems in North America) to fit and market the kit in North America.

This new Braking System provides a Complete Brake System Upgrade for Maserati vehicles including: Larger Brembo® Floating Rotors w/ Aluminum Carriers, Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines, Brembo® 6 Piston and 4 Piston Calipers, Brembo® Performance Brake Pads and all the hardware required to fit the system properly to the Maserati.

Further product details can be found at: http://www.formuladynamics.com/products/4200_brembo_bbk/4200_brembo_bbk.php . We are currently running a discounted pricing to introduce the product.

This Big Brake Kit can be purchased directly from Formula Dynamics, the Maserati Specialists and the Factory Authorized Distributor for this Big Brake Kit.

As always feel free to contact us directly with any questions! We're here to help.

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 

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That looks like a cool upgrade. I'm glad you kept it in line with the OEM look and the Maserati logo on the caliper.
 

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The calipers are offered in Red, Silver or Black as standard colors. Custom colors and paint jobs can be arranged. These calipers (pictured above) were custom painted Ferrari Rosso Corsa Red and then we applied a customer provided stencil of the Maserati Logo.

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Jeff,

Have you been able to confirm if the 355mm kit will fit the OEM 18 inch wheels?
 

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Hey guys, I have the Big Brake Kit on my Gransport, and let me tell you guys, it is amazing! Now.. The stock brakes aren't bad, I'm just saying that these Big Brakes feel like they start where the stock ones leave off if you can catch what I'm saying.

So imagine the stock brake set-up, at highest point of grip, is where the Big Brembo's start. I got mine from Jeff at FD, he custom builds these kits from parts, and also my Brake Rotor set up, is like 6 lbs lighter per wheel (correct me if I'm wrong), saving in unsprung weight, which also increases speed as well. The advantage is 2-fold.

The grip on these bad boys is a hell of a lot better, the only thing that comes to mind is, why the hell didn't it come from the factory this way? My only answer to that is, my personal opinion that when Ferrari had control over Maserati, the Gransport was one that was directly designed and manufactured under Ferrari's control. They did not want a luxury GT to have better brakes than their fabled pony's.

Our gransport/coupe/spyders come with Brembo's, but as with all big branded companies, there are different levels/tiers in quality, and price. I believe the stock ones used, aren't the best that Brembo offers, but this is my belief.

To me, personally in my opinion- the Gransport is too heavy for the brakes it comes with. The rotors are kind of small for a car that only weighs 400 lbs less than a Quattroporte. Mind you, it was never built to be a street racer or slalom champ, but a LUXURY GT - Which it accomplishes amazingly well, with actual usable back seats!!!

This is what appealed to me in the first place. I love the 2 seater sports cars, but having the extra seats whether I'll really use them or not is good to know. I have had a few times, where I was going to damned fast and needed to slow down even faster and just didn't have the confidence I thought I could have had.

Now with the big brake kit in, over 120 miles driven normal/gently to bed them in, the car slows down so smooth, no skittishness, no skipping, just a smooth gradual sure stop whenever I want to with more confidence than I had before. And in that sense, for me this is one of the most noticeable mods I have done to the car to date. It is not necessary for mostly everyone out there, but I plan to take the car to the track and do some real spirited street driving come this summer, and I wanted to be prepared.

I know the brake situation is not a cheap solution, as I only had the fronts done, but I figured that if I can invest in something that is safety related, and possibly avoid a problem while driving the car in a spirited manner as it was meant to be, then its worth it. Especially if I'm going to keep this car forever, which I plan to do. It looks fast sitting still and even faster on the road. With all that going for it, I need to know I can stop the beast just as fast!!!
 

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Thanks for the summary MSGTS. What about pedal pressure?

I find the biggest problem with the oem set up is the sheer amount of pressure required for a very high speed stop. Above 100 MH, I find that I am pushing so hard on the pedal that it is impossible to modulate, plus there is essentially zero feedback.

Does the GT kit address this issue?
 

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Great stuff Maseratigts , one thing that i have noticed frequently on the track, and where i live in the UK ( Milton Keynes is renowned for roundabouts great fun, but loads of heavy breaking required when tanking it ) something you dont have in the states, is that 4200 and GS's are prone to Brake fade , obviously ive tried various grades of pads , and altho it helps it doesn't solve the problem , Its the lack of heat dispersal which i believe is the main problem when constant hard breaking is required , track wise you just have to stop and let them cool down for a while ,

It'll be superb if Jeffs upgrade can cure this , ive taken a different route with A P Racing , who fortunately for me are local, they are Developing a complete new System based on what they fit to the Konieggsegg i believe , its on the drawing board as we speak and hopefully my GS should go in for testing and fitting in the next few weeks , they are doing the rears aswell as the fronts so there should be a marked difference

regards loz
 

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Hey flash, pedal pressure is much improved! You don't have to press too hard to slow down at all. I honestly can say there is no comparison! This is by far totally worth the investment if you plan on keeping your car for the long run. Everybody can concentrate on handling and speed, but if you can't stop when you want, or the brakes aren't up to handle the extra power upgrades, then what's the point? You gotta feel confident knowing that if your flying, you can stop on a dime. The "threshhold" with the stock brakes in my opinion is much too soon. When I would try to stop short, the tires would brake loose and then it was no good at all. Now, the tires don't brake at all, and the car just slows doen at will nice and smooth. And I only did the fronts, I probably won't need the rears for my purposes, but the fronts look amazing. I will post some pics soon. Its not a cheap upgrade by any means but totally worth the results if you ask me. Now I'm not saying the stock brakes are not good, they were great when I had the stainless braided lines and fd pads, but with this there is no comparison by far. You just feel the "bite". The bigger rotors you can see through the wheels and it looks something serious.
 

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That cinches it for me - I am getting them too.

The OEM brakes (even with the FD pads and SS lines) scare the hell out of me at the track and aren't much better on the street. Thanks again for the feedback.
 

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That cinches it for me - I am getting them too.

The OEM brakes (even with the FD pads and SS lines) scare the hell out of me at the track and aren't much better on the street. Thanks again for the feedback.

Looks like a birthday present is coming my way this June... I like these brakes! So why buy a Ferrari when you can get a Maserati and with a little help from Jeff be faster?
 

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Looks like another awesome product from Jeff. Formula Dynamics might just be the best thing to come along for the Maserati world!

So why buy a Ferrari when you can get a Maserati and with a little help from Jeff be faster?
to play Devil's Advocate, so why buy a Maserati when you can get a Chevrolet and with a little help from [fill in the blank] and be faster?



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Hi Jeff, I think I will be due for a new set of brakes within the next year. Can you indicate the difference in size between the original brake equipment and this upgrade? I have a 2004 coupe with the ball polished rims. Are the rotors bigger? calipers longer? Is the logo painted onto the caliper?

Did you do any brake fade and brake distance testing. I'm curious as to the difference.
Should anything else be upgraded to handle the new system, such as pumps, lines etc?
 

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Greg, this is a +25mm rotor kit with a much larger 6 piston caliper. We also offer a +50mm kit however it will require 20" wheels or at least a well fitting aftermarket 19" wheel.

The default logo will be the factory Brembo Logo. We can also apply other logos upon request.

We have not provided distance testing on this kit. Honestly the difference is very noticable, there will be little doubt in your mind as to the improvement. I will say that after 2 laps on the track with the factory discs / calipers brake fade is already setting in. With the Brembo kit there was no noticable fade after 30 minutes of track use.

SS Lines come with the kit so those will be upgraded but there is nothing else required.

Feel free to call or email with any questions as well.

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 

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Caliper Color

Does anyone (Jeff??) know whether the silver Brembo color is a match to the OEM silver vintage package calipers - as that would cut down on painting costs?

If not, then the rears will need to be painted as well to match the new fronts (I will probably go with Red on both ends in that case).
 

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Go with red flash and get them both painted. It will look amazing you might as well do it, and do it right and be happy with it. Went out for a drive today, my tires aren't locking up at all, the threshold is much higher than before, I just have to stomp on the brake pedal to get a reaction. The pedal kicks back up at me now if I brake hard, but doesn't lock up the wheels at all and it just comes to a slow down. Big improvement from before for me.
 

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That sounds really good - I am sure sick of struggling with the early ABS kick in and threshold braking before it is really needed.

What color do you have MSGT? Post a picture if you have one.
 

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Pictures of installed Brembo Brake Kit for Maserati

Flash,

I don't believe that they are going to be a perfect match.

Here are some photos of Red, so far everyone has gone with Red and a custom logo. It does look pretty fantastic!

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Thanks Jeff - it looks like I will go with Red as well.
 
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