Continental Develop Lightweight Caliper Brake

15th August 2011

When it comes to vehicles, every gram counts if ambitious targets in terms of fuel economy and CO2 emissions are to be achieved. That is why Continental, the international automotive supplier, has developed a new fixed-type caliper brake for medium-sized passenger cars. Compared with the fist-caliper brakes widely used at present, this new design can save up to 1.5 kg per wheel.

To enable this progress to be made with the highest level of acoustic comfort, Continental has applied the knowledge it has gained over many years of experience with the FN fist-calipers to the development of its new fixed-type caliper brake. The new aluminum monobloc brake caliper features drawn brake pads and is fundamentally much more robust in terms of brake squeal – previously a known problem with fixed calipers. “We are helping vehicle manufacturers to further reduce the CO2 emissions on new models. Weight is a key factor in this respect. At the same time, light-weight design must not be allowed to create problems in other areas. In order to prevent squeal on fixed-type caliper brakes, we have used our experience with fist-caliper brakes to come up with an innovative fixed-type caliper design”, said Dietrich Golz, Head of Development for Wheel Brakes at the Hydraulic Brake Systems Business Unit at Continental’s Chassis & Safety Division.

The new fixed-type caliper is primarily designed for the front axle, but can also be scaled for the rear axle. Based on this concept, the company is also considering developing a solution for the high-performance segment.

Disk brakes are the backbone of active safety and must therefore meet extremely high standards in terms of reliability and efficacy. In addition to their core function, weight, acoustic comfort, pedal feel and appearance also play a significant role. The more demanding requirements become in terms of fuel efficiency, the greater the importance placed on factors such as weight, for instance. This explains why the demand for fixed-type caliper brakes is increasing in markets around the world.

Press Release issued by Continental