A worldwide leader in technology. And Brembo has achieved another small miracle of Made in Italy. Combining color and design, it has transformed brake calipers into a cult object for lovers of sports cars. Items whose beauty makes them worthy of display on a desktop
Photos Archivio Brembo – Article Lorenzo Rota
The requirements of a braking system for a racing car, a motorcycle or a truck are quite simple: it has to stop the vehicle in the smallest possible space, continuing to perform perfectly over time, without ever breaking down. Brembo, the worldwide leader in this sector, fully responds to these needs, as demonstrated on tracks all over the world in the most prestigious races (Formula 1 and MotoGP, to name just two), a very rigorous proving ground.
So why not set new records for aesthetic impact as well? After all, a braking system can also be appealing to the gaze. And in fact Brembo was the winner of a Compasso d’Oro award in 2004. If you look through the wheel rims of a sports car, you can understand why.
A bit of ‘fetishism’ has in place in the world of technology, and well-made calipers or avant-garde disks are uniquely fascinating, as the sum of man’s ingenuity applied to the achievement of a technical result, which can also become a matter of ‘beauty.’ Some people even like to display these objects in their offices, as if they were sculptures.
It is no coincidence that Brembo began working on the colors and forms of brake calipers 25 years ago: the firm created its first red calipers in 1992, transforming a mechanical product into a design object.
Since then the range of hues has expanded to about 100, becoming a sort of technological badge: for example, yellow and gold calipers indicate systems made with carbon-ceramic disks, for the highest levels of performance and strength.
The brands that rely on Brembo include Porsche, Ferrari and the hypercars of Pagani. The obsession of the latter’s founder Horacio Pagani for design, in fact, has led to the creation by Brembo of revolutionary parts for the Huayra model.
Working on geometric lines, the engineers have been able to reduce the mass of the zones placed under stress while braking, also thanks to software capable of simulating the stiffness of a component and identifying excess material.
The result is that the new calipers have revolutionized the stylistic canons for supercars, thanks to the lowest curvature radii for this category.