A million kilometres for perfect braking.
A perfect product is a product that has past the strictest tests in every condition of use. This is why every year Brembo conducts more than 150 tests on the track and covers a million kilometres (3 times the distance between the Earth and the moon) in road tests to ensure the highest possible quality of its products.
A braking system, to be perfect, must past the strictest tests conducted in all conditions of use, even the most extreme. These are tests designed to define the quality, performance and efficiency of the products, conducted in perfectly equipped laboratories, but also on the road and on the track. In fact, every year Brembo dedicates about 350,000 man hours at the test bench and about 200,000 man hours on road tests.
Brembo follows a rigorous sequence of tests that required testing on static benches, test cycles on dynamic benches and road tests: three necessary steps to put the braking systems through their paces in conditions of use similar to real life.
Static test benches constitute the first phase of testing and also the link between design, experimentation and production, thereby defining the factory assembly specs.
On the static benches the tests necessary for checking compliance with the design requirements are conducted and prototypes are subjected to load cycles (pressure and braking torque) greater than physically applicable on the vehicle in various environmental conditions (temperature, humidity and corrosive environments).
Then tests are conducted on the dynamic benches which allow the vehicle dynamics to be simulated through the combination of mass and speed.
The checks conducted involve efficiency and resistance, also using loads greater than the operating loads with respect to appropriate safety coefficients.
These benches, designed by Brembo, operate autonomously 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thanks to sophisticated control systems in order to reduce development times and they are capable of simulating all the approved circuits in the world for the various car and motorbike categories and the major Alpine downhill runs for any type of vehicle.
Also on the dynamic benches comfort is tested, measured based on three characteristics defined by the acronym "NVH": Noise Vibration Harshness. The lower these three elements are, the quieter and vibration-free braking will be.
Brembo also has a roller bench for cars, bikes and trucks where the vehicle can reach 250 km/h at temperatures between -30 and +40 oC. This is a true test booth which simulates road tests in every condition, from snow to wet roads at extreme speeds. However, it is the road tests that allow Brembo to achieve excellence.
The products approved on the various benches are installed on the prototypes provided by manufacturers. An internal team made up of expert testers conducts all the tests required to test performance (exclusively on the track), comfort, and duration (on the road) with various types of routes in full compliance with the highway code) of the braking systems.
Brembo trained testers have a multipurpose profile that allows them to range from assembly prototype parts to analysing data, thereby providing a subjective assessment supported by the measurements carried out.
The tests conducted include: superfading (which requires an appropriate sequence of braking from sustained speed to zero in full load conditions), a subjective assessment of comfort and feeling (carried out by drivers and riders who have in depth knowledge of the vehicles and products) and efficiency on wet and dry surfaces.