TURIN -- New partners Brembo and SGL Group predict that demand for carbon ceramic brake discs will rise sharply once they find ways to reduce the high cost of a component.
To meet this demand, recently formed Brembo SGL Carbon Ceramic Brakes plans to boost its annual disc output to 500,000 from 100,000 in the next 18 to 30 months.
“At the current cost, carbon ceramic brake discs have a potential global market of roughly 1 million vehicles a year. Reaching the cost target we have in mind, means increasing the potential reach to 2.5 million annual sales,” Brembo Chairman Alberto Bombassei told Automotive News Europe in a phone interview.
Bombassei declined to say how much a carbon ceramic disc brake costs to produce. Supplier sources say it is about four times more expensive to make them compared with a traditional cast iron disc.
“With a new manufacturing process, we aim to decrease the cost factor to about two to two and a half times a traditional disc,” Bombassei said.
Carmakers charge customers 10,000 euros to 15,000 euros to add the special feature, which is found on high-performance models.
Brembo supplies the discs to Aston Martin, Daimler, Ferrari, General Motors (for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1) and Lamborghini. SGL’s customers include Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Porsche.
The partners hope that by lowering the cost of carbon ceramic discs they will become a suitable option for higher-volume premium models.