While most of our attention went to the numerous production and concept vehicles unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show, this year’s event also hosted the unveiling of a new generation of calipers. I’m talking about Brembo’s B-M8, an all-new eight-piston caliper that has won SEMA’s Best Engineered New Product award.

Developed using an innovative 4D technology casting process, a first for the automotive industry, the B-M8 is an eight-piston monobloc caliper with four pads suitable for rotors up to 16.5 by 1.5-inches. The all-new caliper was specifically created for the front braking systems of trucks, SUVs and large high-performance sedans and were validated for torques of up to 4,204 pound-feet.

Its companion caliper, the B-M4 (for rotors up to 15 by 1.1-inches), is suitable for the rear braking systems of larger vehicles as well as front applications for smaller cars.

All told, the B-M8 and B-M4 combo is ideal for a variety of pickup trucks and SUVs, including the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Ford Expedition, Porsche Cayenne, and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It should also be a good option for beefed-up versions of full-size sedans such as the BMW 7 Series or the Cadillac CT6.

"We are breaking new ground with the launch of the Brembo B-M8 and B-M4 calipers at SEMA,” said Dan Sandberg, President and CEO of Brembo North America. “This new caliper aligns with Brembo’s principles of developing new and innovative products with a designed flair. We’ve taken our expertise in the motorsports world and applied it to large truck and SUV braking systems to create one of the largest and best looking calipers in the Brembo line.”

The Brembo B-M8 and B-M4 will be available for purchase in 2016 from Race Technologies.

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Why it matters

High-performance cars and SUVs aren’t just about horsepower and torque. These vehicles need solid stopping power as well, and this is where products like these come in. The big news here is that the B-M8 isn’t your regular Brembo caliper. With it, the brand introduces new technology and building techniques to the market, while also enabling consumers and customizers access to caliper designs usually found on the race track.

What’s more, the B-M8 and B-M4 also deliver a design aesthetic that fills the large wheel openings of today’s 22-inch truck and SUV wheels, as well as a wide range of colors. Usually available in red, yellow, and black, these calipers will also be offered in white, with special colors such as bright green, gold, and silver to be launched in the near future.

Needless to say, Brembo did it again, proving that it deserves its place at the top of the automotive brake systems industry.

Press Release

Brembo, the world leader and acknowledged innovator of brake technology introduces a brand new product during the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show (Booth #23561) on November 3-5, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Brembo launches the B-M8, the all-new 8-piston caliper and its companion the B-M4.

On Tuesday morning, during the SEMA New Products Awards Showcase breakfast, Brembo was recognized for its achievement in the engineering and manufacturing of the B-M8. The Brembo B-M8 won the award in the Engineered New Product category.

The Brembo B-M8 is an 8-piston monobloc caliper with four pads, suitable for rotors up to 420mm x 40mm (16.53” x 1.57”). This all-new caliper is specifically made for the front braking systems of trucks, SUVs and large high-performance sedans. As one of the largest calipers manufactured by Brembo, at 15.8 inches x 5.51 inches x 7.1 inches, the B-M8 required more than one thousand design hours, which included on-vehicle testing and casting technology development. The B-M8 is validated for torques up to 5700Nm (4204 lb ft).

The B-M8 is manufactured using a new, innovative 4D technology casting process, and is the first time this process has been used for automotive calipers. This casting process uses a technology that enables Brembo to engineer a design completely different from what is usually seen in the caliper market. With this technology, the cast caliper has technical features commonly used in racing billet or forged calipers. The B-M8 is cast with an internal fluid passage versus the more conventional rigid pipe connections. The one non-visible bleeding screw allows for increased safety and freedom in the design since it is better integrated into the overall design. The B-M8 has the most efficient body architecture and style, and was designed without constraints of a caliper manufactured by traditional molds.

The B-M8 is available in four colors – red, yellow, black and new to the market white, with a few “optional” colors. The companion caliper, the B-M4, for rotors up to 380mm x 30 mm, is 12.2” x 6,42” x 3.54” and suitable for the rear braking systems of larger vehicles as well as front applications for smaller cars. The B-M8 and B-M4 are ideal for a variety of domestic and import trucks, SUVs, and sedans including, but not limited to Ford F-Series and Expedition, Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Frontier, Land Rover Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz SUVs and Porsche Cayenne.

“We are breaking new ground with the launch of the Brembo B-M8 and B-M4 calipers at SEMA,” said Dan Sandberg, President and CEO of Brembo North America. “This new caliper aligns with Brembo’s principles of developing new and innovative products with a designed flair. The B-M8 will not only provide superior stopping performance, but will also deliver a design aesthetic that fills the large wheel openings of today’s 22-inch truck and car wheels. Our business was founded on creating high performing products that look great. We’ve taken our expertise in the motorsports world and applied it to large truck and SUV braking systems to create one of the largest and best looking calipers in the Brembo line.”

Developed to increase overall braking performance, the B-M8 exhibits consistent braking power under intensive conditions. The B-M8’s four pads provide a significantly larger braking surface, improving performance and pad wear, while communicating increased “bite” to the driver. Manufactured in the same plant as the company’s racing brake systems, the B-M8 leverages Brembo’s 40 years in motorsports in an advanced road-going high performance caliper.

B-M8 and B-M4 with their innovative and exclusive design are the first members of a NEW FAMILY of calipers that will distinguish the new High Performance Brembo Kits from others in the market, moving the car where it will be fitted to a new and clear identity.

The Brembo B-M8 and B-M4 will be available for purchase in 2016 from Race Technologies.

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