2002 Outback Wagon 2.5L Auto Weather Package
If the size of the brakes don't matter, why do race cars have serving platter sized rotors with massive calipers and heaps and tons of swept area? Yes, brake size DOES matter. My point was if you can't get bigger brakes, your only choice with what you have is engine braking. The gain is much less, but its more than nothing - and the added wear and tear is not the disaster some make it out to be. Also, don't compare a race car directly to a street car in all regards - most race cars aren't expected to keep brakes for 30k miles. You treat brakes as per race disposables. Race grade engines and transmissions are far less expendable. A street car's engine and trans are designed with much more long term durability, instead of outright performance. Costs a lot less in a race car to swap pads every race than to replace a high output but relatively fragile engine every few races.