Brembo has three production plants in Mexico: Puebla, Apodaca and Escobedo. Inaugurated twelve months ago, the plant in Escobedo extends across more than 377,000 square feet and can produce 2 million aluminum calipers every year.
Although the circuit is located 7,313 feet above sea level, the altitude doesn't cause any problems for the braking system. What does put the system to the test are the velocity spikes: Last year the two Ferrari cars reached 228 mph.
Besides speed, the temperature of the tarmac can have a big influence on the temperature of the discs and calipers. During last year's race, these never got up to 68°F but in the second free practice, they did hit 80.6°F. The increase in grip on the tarmac during the race weekend typically leads to a rise in the amount of braking torque discharged to the ground.
What's more, this year's new shape of the single-seaters results in even more braking torque than in the past.
According to Brembo technicians, who have ranked the 20 World Champion circuits on a scale of 1 to 10, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is very demanding on the brakes.
The Mexican track earned a 10 on the difficulty index, which is identical to the circuits in Montreal, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.