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To ABS or not to ABS.

Frederik77

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Hi guys

I hope this is the right place for this topic. I was wondering, obviously ABS is a great tool and in professional racing forms it's very common to use the ABS if the cars are equiped with them.
But hows it with our cars? Is our ABS advanced enough to actually improve the braking?
I've heard plenty of stories on how on some cars it's better to brake just below ABS level, because when the ABS kicks in it will make the braking distance longer. And also other stories on how they just smash the brakes, use ABS and improve the braking performance/consistency.

My personal input is that I haven't tested it enough yet. I tend to keep the braking force just below ABS level and it's consistent and good (in my opinion). On the wet however I was quite a lot on the ABS, not always with the intention to, but wet tracks are damn slippary.

Anyone in here who can say once and for all, ABS or no ABS on the stock i30N?
 

NULLOBANDITO

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ABS usually makes the braking distance just little bit longer, but also brakes to the physical limit to the tires while also allowing you to steer.

Unless you're absolutely 100% sure you can handle the braking better than the ABS I'd recommend you leave it on, I only disable it if I wanna try some sideways action or the likes :D
 
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R Veloster N

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Leave the ABS in place. You're unable to do as good of a job with your own braking. ABS will save you from locking the brakes and piling it into a corner obstacle or another car on the track.

It will also save you in panic stops on the road and help you maintain some steering capability while under heavy braking. :)
 
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Davo01

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Yeah the “little bit longer” is compared to perfect braking right on the threshold. That goes for every car...this is 2020, not 1995 ;-)

I’m happy to admit I’m not Ken Block...Especially when I’m packing my daks...