Brembo brakes can be found on high-end European brands, such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, as well as Dodge high-performance vehicles.
It is worthwhile to learn how Brembo became the leader in the design, development and production of original equipment, racing and aftermarket brake components and systems. The company was established in 1961 in Bergamo, Italy. Responding to its growing international success and demand for its products, it established Brembo North America in the early 1980s to better serve its customer base and enthusiasts in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. The company has more than 9,000 employees within Italy and at branches in 15 countries, including Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, US, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
To Brembo, racing is the most advanced experimental laboratory for assessing the success of its products and materials for use in extreme conditions. Teams equipped with Brembo brakes have won hundreds of automobile and motorcycle racing championships in such internationally recognized racing organizations as Formula 1, CART, NASCAR, FIA World Rally and Superbike.
Brembo specializes in performance braking systems and components, as well as conducting research on braking systems. Brembo sells over 1,300 products worldwide, and is known for their aftermarket automotive brake components, including calipers, drums, rotors, and brake lines. Except in the North American market, Brembo owns the foundries which produce their initial materials and supply the manufacturing plants. In all other markets the company controls the entire production system from raw materials through distribution.
Among the many vehicle manufacturers using Brembo components are Dodge, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Ford.
Brembo brakes are also used by a variety of Formula One teams including Ferrari, and brake supplier of the majority of MotoGP teams since 2012 season. Brembo is also an official brake supplier for the IndyCar Series. AP Racing brakes are also currently used by the GT500 class cars of the Super GT series, the cars of the DTM, as well as the official brake supplier of the Supercars Championship.
Because of its tremendous success in racing, Dodge, initially, chose Brembo brake pads and calipers (4-piston front/2-piston rear) on its SRT line of high-performance cars including the Viper, Challenger, Charger, Chrysler 300 and Jeep Cherokee due to their outstanding braking ability and fade resistance. Now they can be found on various Scat Pack models, as well. Supercharged models such as the Hellcat, use 6-piston calipers on the front and 4-piston calipers on the rear. The Demon has 4-piston calipers on both the front and rear.
One extremely useful race-inspired feature is the ability to quickly change pads without removing the calipers. Here are links to two YouTube videos that will walk you through the easy brake pad change that can be accomplished with simple tools:
One disadvantage of Brembo brake pads, however, is excessive black brake dust. If the daily cleaning of your wheels and calipers becomes too much of a chore, there are several excellent replacement pads on the market that provide exceptional braking with minimal or no brake dust. Here are four options:
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