Are you one of the fortunate people who own a car that can handle daily driving as well as club racing and weekend track days? If so, then you are quite aware of how important it is to have a good set of brakes. Good brakes can win a race for you in the corners, shave seconds off lap times, but most importantly save your life on the street. So, yeah brakes are pretty important. The unfortunate thing about them though is that they can be pretty expensive and the word “expensive” isn’t really compatible with the track day/club racer lifestyle. The problem is there isn’t very much middle ground when it comes to brakes. Its either keep the stock calipers and experiment with performance brake pads until you find some that kind of do the job or drop a significant amount of cash on a braking system that is likely overkill for occasional track day and club racing use and aren’t great to deal with in daily driving.
It’s definitely not a super awesome choice to deal with. Luckily, Brembo is looking to address it with two new calipers that they revealed at SEMA. The M6 and M4 high performance calipers are specifically designed for club racers and weekend track day addicts. The M6 and M4 calipers are based off the Brembo GT caliper family and have components that are interchangeable with each other. This means that the M6 and M4 can fit under the same size wheels and accommodate the same sized rotors as the GT calipers. As such the application list for the GT calipers are pretty much the same for the new M6 and M4.
The new calipers are made from cast aluminum, feature racing style radiators, and have no external dust seal. Their surfaces are also anodized to stand up to high temps. The whole point of these new stoppers is to provide GT level performance while still being reliably streetable. As you may have guessed the M6 is a six-piston front caliper while the M4 is a four-piston caliper meant for the rear.
If these new clamps sound like something you want on your ride you’ll be happy to know that they go on sale next year and can be bought through Race Technologies. No MSRP has been announced yet but they shouldn’t be too savage on the ol’ wallet.
For more info on the M6 and M4 check out the official press release below. For a closer look just click any of the thumbnails!
Brembo Launches M6 and M4 High Performance Calipers at SEMA
Brembo unveils all-new track day and club racing calipers
LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 1, 2016 – Brembo, the world leader and acknowledged innovator of brake technology introduced all-new M6 and M4 brake calipers at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show (Booth #23561), November 1-4, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The race inspired Brembo M6 and M4 calipers are perfect for the club racer or weekend track day enthusiast that wants to take that next step in braking. The M6 is a six-piston aluminum front caliper with performance properties gleaned from the company’s endurance caliper that helped the Ford GT win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The pistons, with racing style radiators and no external dust seal, provide the best combination of performance and long-lasting track use. The calipers are hard anodized for longevity and resistance to corrosion at high temperatures. The Brembo logo is racing style, engraved in red, as seen on all of the company’s competition products.
“The popularity of track day driving for performance vehicle owners has grown over the past five years,” said Dan Sandberg, Brembo North America President and CEO. “As enthusiasts get more comfortable on the track with the agility of today’s high-performance cars, they will want more speed, faster cornering and of course, better braking ability. The M6 and M4 provide that next level of performance braking while still being very compliant on the street.”
The new six-piston M6 calipers and four-piston M4 are derived from the current Brembo Gran Turismo (GT) performance caliper family. This makes the new components fully interchangeable with the GT kits, allowing them to fit under the same size wheels and accommodate the same size rotors while providing increased performance. In fact, the M6 and M4 calipers can be referenced through the same application list as the GT brake systems.
The M6 is a front caliper designed for a disc that measures from 350 to 405mm, with a thickness of 32 to 34mm. The M4 is used for the rear axle as well as for some front applications and wraps around disc sizes from 328 to 380mm. The M6 and M4 share the same Brembo design characteristics that have been proven at the top rungs of motorsport for over 40 years.
Brembo offers a comprehensive range of products dedicated exclusively to motorsports and designed to deliver the best results when used in the most extreme conditions: consistent performance, superior braking power, precision and control, and resistance to very high temperatures. All Brembo racing application products are the result of ongoing research and development in collaboration with the world’s most prestigious teams. All of these products are designed and manufactured in-house and track tested.
The Brembo M6 and M4 will be available for purchase in 2017 from Race Technologies (www.racetechnologies.com), Brembo’s exclusive North American import distributor.
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, as well as clutches and other components for racing. Brembo is also a leader in the racing sector and has won more than 300 championships. Today the company operates in 15 countries on 3 continents, with 24 production and business sites, and a pool of about 8,000 employees, about 10% of whom are engineers and product specialists active in the R&D. 2015 turnover is € 2,073.2 million (12.31.2015). Brembo is the owner of the Brembo, Breco, AP, Bybre, and Marchesini brands and operates through the AP Racing brand.