Brembo wins IndyCar brake contract

UPDATE We spoke to Brembo rep Jack Gerken at the Vegas Speedway on Friday and he says the carbon-carbon disk brakes they are supplying on the 2012 IndyCar will have much longer life than steel brakes. The carbon rotors are expected to need just one change during the year.

09/26/11 Brembo has been named the exclusive supplier of brake systems for the new IZOD IndyCar Series car, which debuts in 2012. The agreement will run until at least 2015.

Brembo will initially deliver brake systems directly to Dallara, the manufacturer of the new IZOD IndyCar Series chassis. Brembo's North American racing operation headquartered in Mooresville, NC will provide parts and support to the teams throughout the season.

Brembo's design of the new brake system was based on the IZOD IndyCar Series' requirements for a reliable, strong yet lightweight system, that yielded high performance at a competitive cost. Unlike previous years, the series also wanted the same brake system to be used for both ovals and road courses, adding another challenge for Brembo's design team.

Employing its recent experience in F1, GP2 and at Le Mans, Brembo engineered a 6-piston, monobloc aluminum caliper machined from billet with titanium-radiated pistons (28/30/36 mm) weighing a mere 2 kg. The system will be used on all 4 corners of the new Dallara chassis. Brembo's 6-piston caliper will increase stiffness and performance of the system without comprising IndyCar's weight requirements.

This new innovative system will incorporate lightweight CER200 carbon-carbon discs (328mm x 30mm), similar to rotors used in Formula 1 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and CCR400 carbon pads. These long-lasting components will allow the teams to run the entire season optimizing the quantity of components needed.

Brembo's history with open-wheel racing in America started in 1989 in the CART Indy car championship. Brembo supplied its first racing brake system to Ferrari in 1975 in the Formula One World Championship. Since then, the Italian company has invested heavily in research and development of highly innovative and technological products, offering high performance, while guaranteeing maximum reliability and safety.

Brembo is a world leader and acknowledged innovator of disc brake technology for automotive vehicles, with USD1.5 billion in revenues. Brembo supplies high-performance brake systems for the most important manufacturers of cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes worldwide. Brembo also manufactures clutches, seats, seat belts and other components specifically designed for racing and is a leader in motorsports with more than 200 championship wins. Today the company operates in 15 countries on 3 continents with 35 production and business sites with a staff of 6,000 employees, about 10 percent of whom are engineering and product R&D specialists.

Brembo sells its products under the following brands: Brembo, Breco, Bybre, Marchesini, Sabelt and AP Racing.

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