Brembo North America will continue as the exclusive brake component supplier to the Verizon INDYCAR Series for the 2016 season.
Brembo’s entry into Indy car racing took place in 1989, when it sold its first racing product to the Kraco Enterprises car driven by Bobby Rahal in CART. For the next 22 years, Brembo expanded and sold braking systems to several Indy car teams.
Brembo became the exclusive brake supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012. The Brembo system, which has been developed for use on both oval and road courses, includes a Brembo-engineered six-piston, monobloc aluminum caliper machined from billet with titanium-radiated pistons. Brembo’s six-piston caliper increased stiffness and performance of the system without compromising the sanctioning body's weight requirements.
Brembo increased the effectiveness of its Indy car braking system with a geometry change in the disc and pad in 2014. New rotor material with a new densification process was developed and a reduction in the annulus of the rotor and pad was implemented in order to help improve the stability of the system in the braking zone. This reduced the weight and provided more efficient cooling. These changes reduced the "warmup time" for the carbon, allowing parts to reach a stable operating temperature quicker.
“Brembo’s innovative braking system incorporates lightweight CER200 carbon-carbon rotors (324 mm x 30 mm), similar to rotors used in Formula One and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and CCR400 carbon pads,” said Dan Sandberg, Brembo North America president and chief executive officer. “These long-lasting components are suitable for the variety of racing circuits on the INDYCAR schedule. We’re proud that INDYCAR has selected Brembo products and are looking forward to another great season.”
Also in 2014, Brembo developed a new master cylinder designed to accept a travel sensor to acquire braking data. This helps Verizon INDYCAR Series teams gain a better understanding of how the brakes are performing on the track.
In 2015, INDYCAR implemented manufacturer-supplied aerodynamic bodywork upgrades for the Dallara IR-12 chassis. As a result of the changed bodywork, teams and drivers have noted that the new aero packages increase downforce, allowing drivers to brake later and release the brakes sooner.