#910: BrakeBlades

If it’s good enough for Bugatti, then air brakes should be tried on other vehicles too.

Rather than using the crude flap approach, today’s invention takes the form of ‘petals’ which hinge outwards from a lightweight disc secured in place by the wheel bolts.

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When the (conventional) brakes are applied, the petals would be actively driven outwards from their parked position, overlapped across the wheel hub. This would significantly increase the drag force on the vehicle, slowing it down and also providing a ‘cool’ visual effect.

On a left hand bend, for example, opening the petals on the left wheels would also serve to increase the turning effect and partially unload the steering.

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