At the IAA 2015, Brembo
launched a new 5 openings caliper that allows a weight reduction of 8pc while
maintaining stiffness. Brembo, a world leader in the design and manufacture of
braking systems for the automotive industry, presented a new family of
aluminium calipers for high-end cars at the 66th edition of the Frankfurt Motor
The new fixed caliper,
available in 17-inch (5.9 kg in weight), 18-inch (7.7 kg) and 19-inch (8 kg)
versions, is the optimal solution for cars with discs with a high braking
surface. Such discs usually require generously-sized calipers, which entails an
increase in weight. However, with the new caliper, which has only recently gone
into production, Brembo has instead managed to combine a size optimised for
discs with high braking surfaces with remarkable lightness. To achieve this
result, Brembo has devoted over 100,000 hours of development to the project
since late 2011. The distinctive feature of this caliper is the new shape,
centred on five openings: two at the front, of between 16 and 22 cm2 , and
three on the bridges, with an area of between 7 and 11 cm2.
This solution, patented by
Brembo, ensures a mass reduction of about 8pc as a result of the reduction in
the material at the points in the caliper with least stress. Such a significant
weight reduction in the unsprung mass of the vehicle means a reduction 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 5 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.
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