A little while back, we discussed the high performance braking systems installed into high performance vehicles. Specifically, we discussed the braking systems designed by Brembo and how they help keep vehicles like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in check. Now that we’re in 2018, concepts and news about 2019 vehicles are already underway, and there’s already talk about the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette and the type of braking systems being developed to not only increase its performance but also the control the driver has, on and off the track.
The Importance of a High Performance Braking System
Having good brakes on an automotive vehicle is obvious. Not only does a driver need to be able to bring a vehicle to a stop, but some situations require them to do so quickly, such as when a child runs out into the streets or an abrupt halt in traffic. Yes, some of that comes down to being able to maneuver the vehicle around obstacles, but it’s much easier to move around, say, a pothole, when travelling 15 mph versus 60 mph.
High performance systems are also helpful on the track as well as the street. It wouldn’t be a very smart idea to push the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to its max potential on the streets, but many drivers are taking their Challenger SRT Demon to race tracks and raceways to test get the most out of their vehicle. Now that all Dodge Challengers come with a variation of the Performance Pages app, many drivers will also want to test the acceleration as well as the stopping power while on the track and maybe to prepare them for various instances on the road. After all, that’s what the SRT Driving School is for.
Brembo is a trusted name in the automotive world, renowned as the world leader and innovator in the field of automotive disc brake technology and high-performance braking systems. That’s why vehicles like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 use Brembo braking systems. You can read more about the basics and design of such systems in our article, “Stopping is As Important As Speed When It Comes to Performance Vehicles.” Just know that even when travelling at 60 mph, the Brembo brake system in the Challenger SRT Demon can bring the vehicle to a complete stop in 97 feet.
New Brembo Brakes for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Now that we’re entering a new year, automotive brands want to step up their game, and Chevrolet is currently leading the pack when it comes to high performance braking. With the 2019 Corvette ZR1 arriving this spring (spring 2018), boasting 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft, that’s quite the wallop to look out for. Not only is it more powerful than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, but Chevrolet aims to deliver the same quality control to the driver on and off the track, regardless of where they intend to drive it.
This makes us think of the SRT team. The acronym, SRT, stands for “Street and Racing Technology.” That’s why SRT vehicles tend to find their way to the raceway more often than the streets. Sure, the four-piston Brembo front calipers and two-piston Brembo rear calipers that make up the meat of the SRT Demon’s braking system is great, but for the 2019 Corvette ZR1, Chevrolet worked with Brembo to make a new braking system made up of “hybrid” material.
A hybrid is basically a blend, and like automakers making car components out of aluminum-steel blends, the new Brembo hybrid braking system is made out of traditional road materials and racing friction materials to offer better handling on the track and in the streets. The theory is that the same level of performance one experiences on the track can and should be able to transition to the street. We may not see people zipping around in a pricey Chevy Corvette (during the day), but as we mentioned above, there are instances that may require race track reflexes. Not only that, but brake pads wear down, and when they start to wear thin, that 97-foot stopping distance of the SRT Demon can increase exponentially.
Dan Sandberg, Brembo North America President and Chief Executive Officer, has this to say about the ZR1 hybrid braking system.
“While Brembo carbon discs are also found on other supercars, the ZR1 discs have a specialized heat treatment for improved energy and thermal management … [and] while the pads on [other supercars, such as] the Z07 are a great performer, these Brembo hybrid pads offer a higher level of friction output and can operate in a higher temperature range, giving the driver confidence in the brakes lap after lap.”
Just like any other brake pads, these new Brembo hybrid pads will wear down eventually. Due to their design though, they are made to last and perform at their best time and again. Depending on the success of such hybrid material Brembo brake pads, Dodge may want to give Brembo a call and get something similar for their next performance model.
Interested in owning and driving your own performance car? You know we have plenty of them at Miami Lakes Automall.