In a small shed in the year 1961, a man called Emilio Bombassei launched a startup company which he called Brembo. Brembo initially started producing brakes for the spare parts market and soon after garnered international recognition for its products.
A little more than a decade after the company was founded, Brembo was asked to provide the stopping power for Ferrari’s fastest, most prestigious racing cars – its Formula One racers, and by none other than Mr. Enzo Ferrari himself.
Brembo and Formula One
Often referred to as the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula One is the fastest, most demanding, most technologically advanced form of automotive racing. Modern F1 cars can go from 0-100 kph in just 1.6 seconds and pull neck-breaking 4.0g along the way.
How these cars stop is equally impressive. 100 kph – 0 is done in a mere 1.4 seconds and 17 meters while pulling 5.2g. A normal road car will need more than twice the distance to stop from 100 kph and will barely pull 1.0g.
Braking Under Stress
Braking at this level will generate a lot of heat and friction, and require exceptionally strong brake materials to handle this kind of energy. Normal road car brakes work in exactly the same way as its racing counterparts, but allstartire.com explains that Brembo’s brake kits uses innovative materials for Formula One brakes, such as carbon and ceramic brakes to make sure that Formula One brakes can withstand the heat that hard braking generates. Now, they have been one of the go-to suppliers of Formula One teams since 1975.
Since entering Formula One 40 years ago, Brembo has accompanied the world champions for half of those years to the title. Legends and holders of multiple championships such as Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, and Sebastian Vettel all trusted Brembo brake kits throughout their whole career. The success the company has achieved in Formula One only stands to validate the quality and technological prowess of Brembo.