Brembo’s New Caliper – 8% Lighter

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brembo lightweight caliper
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.