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Can An iPhone Stop a Speeding Porsche?

by John Thomas

Ok, here’s the set-up to a new video I just saw online from the folks at EverythingApplePro. You’re driving your Porsche 911 in a somewhat rural setting and you notice that your brakes are starting to fail. What do you do? You replace the brake pads with iPhones, because that’s all you have that will fit and might work. What? That’s dumbest idea I have heard of in quite some time, but also so freakin’ crazy that I had to watch the 10-minute clip just to see what would happen if this switch was made.

The car they use is a 2002 911 with a performance brake kit. We see the brake pads being switched out with the phones, and here is the biggest issue with this test. They sandpaper the phones to give them more grip, they have to glue them in and they need eight phones to replace all the pads in the front and rear. No one would have eight phones on them, or the glue or sandpaper, in the situation they are describing, but even so, I went along with the bit.

They basically test to see if the phones will stop the 911 when’s going 20 mph, 40 mph and 60 mph, AND, they want to find out not only if the phones can bring the car to a halt but also if they will work as phones again afterwards. The driver shows you the on-board fire extinguisher they will use in case the iPhones ignite, and then they’re off. I am not going to spoil anything by giving away any of the results of the experiment, but I will say the 10 minutes of my life this video took from me were not wasted, even though something else may have been.

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