Brembo unveils new line of light-weight aluminum fixed calipers

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 15, 2015

Brake expert Brembo has unveiled a new family of aluminum fixed calipers for high-end vehicles at the 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt. These new calipers are available in three versions: 17 inches (5.9 kg), 18 inches (7.7 kg) and 19 inches (8 kg) – all providing a lightweight solution for vehicles with a high braking disc surface.

Such discs typically need larger yet heavier calipers. But with Brembo’s new aluminum calipers, an increase in size does not necessarily mean a large surge in weight. Brembo’s new fixed caliper features a size just right for discs with high braking surfaces, but with incredible lightness.

Interestingly, Brembo has been developing this lightweight brake since late 2011 and has invested over 100,000 development hours. Production of the brakes has been commenced just recently.

The brakes features a unique shape centered on five openings -- two at the front, between 16 sq. cm. and 22 sq. cm, and three on the bridges, with an area between 7 sq. cm and 11 sq. cm.

This allowed Brembo to cut the mass of the caliper by almost eight percent. Brembo also managed to achieve additional mass savings in material at the points with the lowest stress. With this reduction in the unsprung mass of the vehicle, owners can expect lower fuel consumption and emissions.

This Brembo-patented design enables the calipers to be light without sacrificing stiffness and performance. Despite the five openings in the brake, the design has not resulted to any worsening of performance in the braking system.

During the development process, the brake-makers paid special attention to the aesthetics of the new family of aluminum calipers. Brembo – in cooperation with their OEM customers -- is planning to implement solutions that will be tailored to individual vehicle models as each carmaker has their own design styles.

Based in Curno, Italy, Brembo S.p.A. develops and manufactures braking systems for vehicles. The company is the supplier to several major manufacturers of cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes around the world.

With operations in 16 countries, Brembo has 24 production and business sites and around 7,700 employees. Around 10 percent of the company’s workforce is involved in R&D, including engineers and product specialists.

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The new Brembo caliper, which has only recently gone into production, combines a size optimized for discs

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.

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

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