The master cylinder converts the motion of the brake pedal into a hydraulic pressure that is used to operate brake caliper movement. It consists of the reservoir, which contains the brake fluid, and the piston and cylinder that generate the hydraulic pressure. Traditionally, racecars use two master cylinders that are side by side being applied at the same time (dual). This creates two separate hydraulic braking circuits. If one of the circuits becomes inoperative, the other circuit can still function to stop the racecar. Race engineers monitor master cylinder movement during racing to assist the driver in making brake balance adjustment based on car performance in ever-changing tyre and track conditions.
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