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Make-or-break time: How they make the brakes

Like other parts of the new car, brakes are still a work in progress. Brake supplier Brembo has a strict and lengthy process when it is creating a new braking system.

Updated: October 24, 2008, 2:17 PM ET
By Bill Borden | Special to ESPN.com

Need new brakes for your family car? You can drive to the local auto parts store to pick them up and have them installed in just a couple of hours even if you want them to be upgraded to higher performance standards.

Want new brakes on your Sprint Cup car? Well, that might take a little longer.

Jim Kontje, motor sports director for NASCAR brake supplier Brembo North American, said it might take you a few months longer. Maybe six or even seven months longer, in fact.

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