Brembo S p A : European Championship on the road (and without wearing out the brakes)
06/16/2021 | 08:46am EDT
If we took the highway from one city to the next - without the time to take in picturesque roads or visits to historic centers away from the stadiums - brake disc and pad wear would be truly minimal. It's easy to appreciate that consumption of friction material (discs and pads) on the highway is much lower than on extra-urban roads, which in turn is much lower than wear in the urban cycle.
In addition to the type of route, of course, the other extremely important variable in brake wear is driving style. More restrained driving characterized by less braking with less intensity tends to preserve discs and pads for longer.
Those who love lightning acceleration and sudden braking (because their team is winning, perhaps), on the other hand, subject the friction material to greater strain than drivers who go easier on the pedals. That means they have to go to the garage much more often to replace the pads, and of course have to pay extra.
For this, we recommend Brembo Expert workshops, because of the professional, cutting-edge service that they can offer. All members of this network receive regular technical training that allows them to work professionally, accurately and quickly.
Brembo Expert workshops can be located easily and intuitively using Brembo Maps. There are 230 in Italy, 360 in the UK, 51 in Germany, 20 in France, 800 in the Netherlands, in Bulgaria and 195 in Russia. We don't know how many of them are soccer lovers. After all, what matters is that they know everything about brakes, not the offside rule.
Another factor that affects the consumption when it comes to the braking system is the type of car - the greater its mass, the greater the effort required to decelerate or stop. We would also point out that Brembo original equipment brakes are studied and tested to offer the maximum performance on the car where they're installed.
Each individual component of the braking system (caliper, disc, pad) or adjoining component (suspension and control unit) complements the others to optimize braking. To do this, Brembo works with the most prestigious global manufacturers, with integrated engineering services that accompany the development of a new car.
Another variable that affects braking efficiency is the hardness of the compound used to produce the brake pads and the corresponding production process. As with the studs on the shoes, the choice of the right material for brakes can significantly affect pad wear and thus overall performance, as well as absorption of noise and vibration.
Brembo uses more than 100 different compounds for its pads, resulting in more than 1,400 products, for over 98% of the cars in circulation in Europe. Each is designed to always offer the most suitable solution for the type of car and drive, in terms of both performance and comfort.
Braking system wear is also influenced by the type of transmission used. With automatic transmissions the values are higher than with manual transmissions, because engine braking is reduced when there is no option to downshift voluntarily.
The absence of a clutch itself can also lead to increased consumption when switching from a car with a manual gearbox to one with an automatic transmission, due to inability to adjust brake use. To put it simply, the brakes are slammed on accidentally more often.
As if that wasn't enough, the number of people on board, their weight and the amount of luggage they take with them also affect braking. That means increased stopping distance first and foremost, but also pad consumption, since greater effort is required.