STREZZANO, Italy — Brembo S.p.A. has developed a carbon-ceramic brake disc that it claims "combines motorsport technology with outstanding wear resistance."
The new product, dubbed "Dyatom," is being launched for Ford Motor Co.'s GT MK II, which the Strezzano-based company said is the "first super-sport application" of the new brake design.
"Our long-lasting relationship with Ford today is further reinforced with the first application of Dyatom on the new Ford GT MK II. This demonstrates our capability to develop unique solutions for performance braking," Brembo CEO Daniele Schillaci said.
"The company has worked with the performance teams at Ford and Multimatic to tune the friction performance of the pads to the Dyatom in order to offer a more aggressive braking solution for the Ford GT MK II," the company said.
Brembo said the Dyatom carbon-ceramic discs feature five layers of material to provides high thermal performance, with "outstanding" wear resistance even under severe track usage.
The design allows the pads to operate at lower temperatures, which means the brake system can can be downsized while providing the same or even higher braking power, Brembo said.
The company did not comment on the price of the Dyatom discs versus other Brembo performance discs.
The brake system and components maker cited several advantages for the Dyatom design, including:
- Lower operating temperature;
- Less friction material wear; and
- Improved brake-pedal stability thanks to lower brake fluid temperature
In addition, the reduced size of the Dyatom carbon-ceramic disc:
- Provides a more efficient use of materials;
- Reduces unsprung masses, which results in better vehicle dynamics and more efficient wheel contact with the road; and
- Reduces stopping distances.
Ford launched the second generation of its two-seat, mid-engine GT supercar last summer. It's powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 rated at 700 horsepower, which pushes the 3,400-pound car a top speed of 216 mph and 0-60 acceleration of under 2 seconds.
The car features six-piston, monobloc, fixed bridge brakes on the front and monobloc aluminum four-piston brakes on the rear, Brembo said.
Production is limited to 45 vehicles, with a starting minimum suggested retail price of $1.2 million.