GT-R calipers machined entirely from billet, not cast aluminum.
calipers include the benefits of a racing brake system: more
stiffness, lighter weight (GT-R calipers achieve a weight reduction up to 10
percent compared to casted versions) and more thermo-mechanical resistance.
nickel-plated finish provides additional treatment against corrosion and
ensures a more attractive look.
pistons, complete with stainless steel inserts, provide an additional heat
barrier virtually eliminating fade even during max-limit and on-track driving.
inner seals insure long life on street and track.
calipers provide less brake fluid absorption and a stiffer pedal feel delivering
consistent clamping force suited for drivers wanting to make the most of every
Research & Development
Brembo's teams of engineers
work with the most sophisticated equipment available today to continuously
improve their brake products and manufacturing technologies. In fact,
"testing and re-testing to improve and perfect" is a philosophy behind
Brembo's product development.
The first step is the creation
of a prototype component that will be the foundation for a safe and reliable
finished product. The prototype will undergo extensive structural tests to
uncover any weaknesses that occur when it is subjected to many different forms
of stress. (Some of Brembo's competitors began with a copy of an early F40 style
Brembo caliper. Then other companies came along and copied the copy.
Most of the small brake companies you see out there have very little or no
engineering capabilities and design kits by plugging numbers into a
The component will face the
test bench and brake dynamometer to undergo rigorous, carefully monitored
laboratory checks. Then it's time for technology to meet the driver so solutions
can be found for any problems that are "felt" by the driver during
braking. Brembo brake components are fitted to vehicles that are subjected to
extreme usage under actual driving conditions, and run on the racing circuit.
(Brembo's competitors save costs by eliminating dyno or stress testing.
Brembo does over 700,000 threshold braking cycles while testing each new caliper
Brembo's testing provides the
full range of information necessary for the engineering team to review prior to
final release for use on the street. (If you want to build OE brake
systems for companies like Ferrari and Porsche you MUST have full engineering
The next phase of production
takes place in Brembo's technologically advanced Mapello foundry. Also
environmentally friendly, the foundry strives to keep emissions free of
pollutants while maintaining a "clean" working environment from every
other aspect as well. It is here that the initial casting of raw materials
(carefully selected per application) is performed and the products begin to take
shape. (Other companies buy their castings from off shore sources and do some
final machining and assembly here in the US to give the appearance of being a
Each machining phase is
performed to exacting criteria to ensure efficiency and accuracy. Brembo's use
of robotic operations routinely evolves with advances in research and
technology. At the same time, quality standards are subject to constant review
as Brembo refines its systems to remain both innovative and exact.
Brembo brake rotors are
machined to exact tolerances, specifying only .0025-inch runout (about half of
the industry norm) to enhance brake feel, and are electronically balanced by
milling the edges of the disc (rather than adding clip-on weights) to reduce the
possibility of vibration during the rotor's life. (All of Brembo's competitors
are tiny companies and cannot make their own discs. Typically they
outsource cheap gray iron discs from Chinese sources while Brembo uses a
high-carbon disc of their own design where they can control the quality)
Assembly and Logistics
The production of street and
race brake systems takes place in the same factory. The logistics for
guaranteeing precision are enacted with a radio frequency-based moving system
directly interfacing with an AS400 computer that regulates the assembly line
timing. (The GT kits we sell are made in the same factory as high end Brembo
Racing systems. Brembo is a true manufacturer while low end companies are
better described as assemblers using castings from one company, and then
outsourcing all their hardware, discs and pads from separate companies)
Checks and balances are not
simply a matter of routine, but represent rather, a crucial stage of the
production process. Brembo's formula is always the same with capable men and
high precision, efficient machines completing the process.
Finished products are
submitted to stringent testing. Materials, dimensions, thickness and performance
are carefully examined to ensure quality control and consistent product
performance. (They must meet much higher standards because they are producing
products for the OE market as well as high performance. Imagine the
requirements for Ferrari and Porsche)