I went to Le Mans in 1991. You could always tell when the car approaching Indianapolis was the Mercedes with Michael Schumacher at the wheel, as the brakes were glowing like those in the great video above. He was braking much later and harder than anyone else. Impressive but maybe not the most considered approach for a long distance race. Thanks for posting that Joe.
But that is exactly what you are meant to do! Later, harder, get in front build a lead, then back off and conserve everything until the end of the race.
It’s what Hamilton was known for, he had problems when they changed brake partners. Took him a long time to get confidence back and use the new brakes to the same extreme he used to. Mind you I don’t blame him, you have to know absolutely that they will preform in the exact way you expect, else there is no time for plan a B.
Very interesting, didn’t know Brembo was Italian, quite a successful company which was only founded in 1961. Maybe the brake disk was invented in the early 60’s?
Do all F1 teams use Brembo? Are the brake disks and calipers custom made for each of the teams/cars?
Interesting to note the heat/temperature patterns changing over the test. The highest temp was markedly at the inside of the disc at the end of that short sequence, whereas that was not the case at the beginning.
Is the unevenness of the heat distribution intentional I wonder, is it the pads or the disc? The stopping power of these must be almost unbelievable, I remember several tv people (Murray included) being given rides in the Minardi two seater and without fail they all said the the most mind blowing thing was the deceleration. That was back before carbon brakes.
I had a large Brembo drum brake on the front of my racing Norvin (Norton frame, 1200cc Vincent motor) motorcycle in the mid 1960’s. It was a four leading shoe device, with a fiendishly complicated linkage. When it worked it was pretty effective (for a drum) but very difficult to keep in adjustment. It was also rather heavy, all unsprung, which did not improve the already limited straight line grip on triangular section Dunlop KR73 race tyres.
Development of disc brakes began in England in the 1890s.
The first caliper-type automobile disc brake was patented by Frederick William Lanchester in his Birmingham factory in 1902 and used successfully on Lanchester cars.
Reliable caliper-type disc brakes first appeared in 1953 on the Jaguar C-Type racing car. These brakes helped the company to win the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans,developed in the UK by Dunlop. That same year, the aluminium bodied Austin-Healey 100S, of which 50 were made, was the first car sold to the public to have disc brakes, fitted to all 4 wheels