Brembo, Italy’s global leader in the production of brake systems coud be described as the undisputed champion of Le Mans.
The 81st. edition of the classic Le Mans 24 Hours, the world’s greatest endurance race, was characterized by the supremacy of Brembo equipment in top LMP1 category with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro No. 2 of Joest team (Duval, Kristensen, McNish). Brembo also triumphed in all categories at Le mans this year.
Brembo has been collaborating with Audi since the debut of German cars manufacturer at Le Mans in 1999. Always with Audi in 2001 Brembo carbon materials completed for the first time the Le Mans 24 Hours without carrying out any discs or brake pads change.
In brief, the ten consecutive victories achieved by Brembo equipment at Le Mans 24 Hours in top LMP1 category are the following:
From 2004 to 2008 the winning Audi team wasfitted with Brembo calipers + carbon discs; and
in 2009 with Peugeot (again Brembo calipers + carbon discs); in 2010 and 2011 with Audi again (Brembo calipers only on these occasions); and finally last year (2012) and this year (2013) again with Audi and Brembo calipers + carbon discs. That is some record in this famous endurance race.
With the success obtained last weekend, it brings to 22 the number of consecutive victories achieved by Brembo since 1989: 12 with Audi, 4 with Porsche, 3 with Peugeot, as well as 1 each with McLaren, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz.
For the 2013 edition of the prestigious French competition, the Italian company and leader in the production of brake systems has supplied 73 per cent of the teams, which accounted for 41 of 56 race cars coming from around the world. Also GTE category car, including every Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche were Brembo-equipped.
For Le Mans, Brembo’s focus is on lightweight long-lasting brake technology, especially for the new hybrids, where reduced weight is critical for success and podium finishes. The majority of prototypes used lightweight monobloc aluminium calipers with carbon-carbon disc, 380mm in front and 355 or 337mm on the rear axle, while GT cars required to use the heavier cast iron rotors.
Brembo brand is synonymous with success since 1975, when Enzo Ferrari relied on the Italian manufacturer of high-performance braking systems to equip his legendary Formula One car. From then on Brembo has equipped the most important teams and manufacturers dominating in the most prestigious categories.
Racing teams and manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Peugeot, Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz demand the best and turn to Brembo, the acknowledged expert in braking technology and performance.
The excellent trusted relationships that Brembo has with more than 30 original equipment manufacturers and hundreds of championship-winning race teams in F1, IndyCar and NASCAR, are based on the fact that Brembo is the industry benchmark.