Brembo has set up shop at the Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal their new line of fixed brake calipers and by new I mean a complete exterior re-design. The focus here is the new shape of the caliper which has several “openings” which help reduce weight while still keeping the overall structure of the caliper strong. The by product of this approach is a pretty sweet looking design! Seriously, these things look like they were designed in 2030 but then someone came back in time so that we could have them now. Hey, it could happen!
Brembo doesn’t mention if the new design’s openings will aid in cooling of the brakes in addition to weight reduction but it wouldn’t be foolish to think so. These new Brembo brakes will also find their way on to OEM applications as well but their design my differ slightly depending on the OEM using them. Brembo hasn’t announced when we’ll start to see their new calipers in the wild or when/if they will be for sale direct to consumers but I am guessing that it won’t be much longer before we know for sure.
What do you think about the new Brembo caliper? Do you love the new design? Do you hate it? Let us know by tweeting to us at @MotorworldHype. For more info check out the press release below and for a better look just click the thumbnails for larger pictures.
BREMBO PRESENTS A NEW FAMILY OF CALIPERS
FOR HIGH-END CARS AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW
At the IAA, Brembo launches a new five opening caliper
with an eight percent weight reduction while maintaining stiffness
Frankfurt, Sept. 15, 2015 – Brembo, a world leader in the design and manufacture of braking systems for the automotive industry, presents a new family of aluminium calipers for high-end cars at the 66th International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA), September 15-16.
The new fixed caliper, available in 17-inch (5.9 kilograms), 18-inch (7.7 kilograms) and 19-inch (8 kilograms) versions, is the optimal solution for cars with a high braking disc surface. Such discs usually require generously-sized calipers, which entails an increase in weight.
The new Brembo caliper, which has only recently gone into production, combines a size optimized for discs with high braking surfaces with remarkable lightness. To achieve this result, Brembo has devoted more than 100,000 development hours to the project since late 2011.
The distinctive feature of this caliper is the new shape, centered on five openings: two at the front, between 16 and 22 cm2, and three on the bridges, with an area between 7 and 11 cm2.
This solution, patented by Brembo, ensures a mass reduction of nearly 8 percent with additional mass savings in material at the points in the caliper with least stress. Such a significant weight reduction in the unsprung mass of the vehicle contributes to savings in fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.
The particular emphasis in the design of the caliper allowed the need for lightness to be reconciled with that of stiffness and performance. The use of the five openings does not entail any loss of performance in the braking system.
Brembo has also given special attention to the aesthetics of the new family of calipers. Through a co-design approach with each OEM customer, Brembo will be implementing solutions specifically tailored to individual car models in order to complement each manufacturer’s different design style.
About Brembo SpA
Brembo SpA is the world leader and acknowledged innovator of disc brake technology for automotive vehicles. Brembo supplies high performance brake systems for the most important manufacturers of cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes worldwide. Brembo is also a leader in the racing sector and has won more than 300 championships. Today the company operates in 16 countries on 3 continents, with 24 production and business sites, and a pool of around 7,700 employees, about 10% of whom are engineers and product specialists active in the R&D. 2014 turnover is € 1,803.3 million (12/31/2014). Brembo is the owner of the Brembo, Breco, AP, Bybre and Marchesini brands and operates through the AP Racing brand. For more information, visit us at www.brembo.com