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.