In the automotive industry, volume is often everything. The more of an item that can be built, the more the raw materials, replacement parts and complete assemblies become affordable for wide-scale applications. “Carbon ceramic discs technology is now ready to be applied on a wider scale, after the intense development performed with Daimler. The product is part of Brembo core-business and Daimler will remain an important customer, for this as well as other products, after contributing with its know-how to the development of this very innovative material," said Alberto Bombassei, Chairman of Brembo.
The €9 million ($11.4 million) is already planned to lead directly to a new product next year, "with features suitable for wider scale applications," according to the company's press release. How much wider-scale, and therefore how much more affordable, the carbon-ceramic technology will become isn't yet clear, but it's time to start keeping an eye out for more ordinary Mercedes and Corvette models - already BCBS partners - with the option of the high-tech discs.
Carbon fiber as a body panel material has experienced a similar progression from ultra-elite to relatively affordable thanks to wider mass-market appeal and use, and is still undergoing the transition. Since both brakes and body panels are built around the underlying high-quality carbon material, though in different forms, there's also a possibility that the firms involved at the base level of manufacturing will begin to expand capacity and therefore help to bring prices down overall.