Brembo’s New Caliper – 8% Lighter

Brembo just released a new caliper at Frankfurt that is supposedly just as strong but shaves 8% off the total weight. And it looks pretty cool too. I thought they were going into cycling helmets because of the new cut outs but then realized I was looking at a brake caliper.

brembo lightweight caliper
The new fixed caliper is available in 17-inch (5.9 kilograms), 18-inch (7.7 kilograms) and 19-inch (8 kilograms) versions, is designed for cars using a “high braking disc surface.” Big ass brakes disks is what I think they are trying to say.  They also kindly point out hat big ass brake disks “usually require generously-sized calipers, which entails an increase in weight.”

So Brembo spent more than 100,000 development hours to come up with this:

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.

brembo lightweight caliper

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.

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. Which I think means Porsche and Lambo logos instead of the Brembo. Either way they look cool and they do look lighter even if most of us will never notice the difference.

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver, mechanic, and fabricator, and rose to internet fame taking a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event in Mexico in March of 2010. His exploits have featured in places like ESPN Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports, NPR Radio, Wired.com and Jalopnik.com. A lifelong fan of rally and motorsport, Caswell famously believes nothing to be impossible.