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Thanks to friction material characterized by extremely low wear and more efficient thermal conductivity, the products of the Italian Company are mounted on almost the totality of the cars in all categories
Detroit, (June 13, 2018) - Sixty cars, divided into four different categories, will take the green flag in the 86th edition of the classic 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's greatest endurance race.
The top contenders will be primarily the prototypes, subdivided into LMP1 and LMP2. Just a bit lower performance, but by no means slow, are the Grand Touring Endurance (GTE), with the two categories LM GTE Pro and LM GTE AM reserved for series production cars.
The race has run since 1923 on the semi-permanent 8-mile long Circuit de la Sarthe which combines sections of the permanent Bugatti Circuit and nearly 7-miles of public roads all characterized by heavy braking. This is apparent, especially close to the two chicanes dividing the long Mulsanne straight, where braking systems have the possibility to cool. It's essential for the teams to be able to ensure that the brake system always remains within the correct range of operating temperatures.
The attention of Brembo technicians, who have more than 20 years of experience at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for this edition too is focused on the lightweight long-lasting brake systems technology, high stiffness and reliability, thanks above all to the fact that the friction material of the Italian company. If used in the correct operating conditions, can last for the entire competition, without need for replacement.
Brembo provides the teams with a friction material characterised by extremely low wear and by more efficient thermal conductivity. This friction material guarantees optimum warm-up times; it quickly reaches the most efficient operating temperature. In addition they have a wide range of use, both in terms of pressure and temperature, and a very linear friction response. These are all characteristics that provide the driver with perfect modulation and feel of the braking system. The incredibly low wear also allows performance to stay unchanged and repeatable from start to finish.
LMP1 and LMP2 race-cars are equipped with carbon friction material, that best combines heat dissipation capacity and light weight. Brembo attention is focused on the optimization of the sizes of brake discs, that have a maximum thickness of 32 mm, while the maximum diameter is 380 mm, with a consumption of 3-4 mm. The number of ventilation holes arrives up to 400, with a range of operating temperature from 350C to 800C.
In the GTE categories, race-cars use cast iron brake discs, with maximum thickness of 35 mm and maximum diameter of 390 mm, with a consumption of 1 mm. Cast iron brake discs don't have ventilation holes, but lugs (up to 72), while the range of operating temperature is from 300C and 750C.
Of the 30 race-cars entered in LMP category that will compete for the overall victory, 27 are equipped with Brembo products (brake discs, pads, calipers), supplied also to 25 of the 30 race-cars of the GTE category.

About Brembo SpA
Brembo SpA is the world leader and acknowledged innovator of disc brake technology for automotive vehicles. Brembo supplies high performance brake systems for the most important manufacturers of cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes worldwide,as well as clutches and other components for racing. Brembo is also a leader in the racing sector and has won more than 300 championships. Today the company operates in 15 countries on 3 continents, with 25 production and business sites, and a pool of over 9,800 employees, about 10 percent of whom are engineers and product specialists active in the R&D. 2017 turnover is 2,463.6 million (12.31.2017). Brembo is the owner of the Brembo, Breco, AP, Bybre, and Marchesini brands and operates through the AP Racing brand.

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