Source: Brembo blog
PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Brembo posted the following extensive piece (excerpted here) about the new high-performance Cadillac Blackwing variants for which the Italian brake manufacturer is providing the braking systems.
IN RECENT YEARS, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DEMANDING HIGH PERFORMANCE SEDANS, AN AREA IN WHICH CADILLAC HAS RETURNED TO A PROMINENT POSITION, THANKS, IN PART, TO THE NEW CT4-V BLACKWING AND CT5-V BLACKWING, WHERE THEY SHOW THEIR ABILITY TO COMBINE RELIABILITY, PERFORMANCE AND COMFORT.
The anticipation for the new models in recent months confirms just how much enthusiasts want to have fun driving an American car. And when you talk about a luxury car made in the USA, the first name that comes to mind is Cadillac.
Cadillac Blackwings to Feature Brembo Brakes
There are several distinctive traits of the Cadillac V-Series Blackwings, beginning with the extremely powerful engines which, for any driving enthusiast, is combined with the 6-speed manual transmission. Another big change is represented by the aluminum wheels that contribute to minimizing vehicle weight.
The Brembo braking system contributes to making a track day experience even more thrilling, without penalizing any refinement on the road. In our opinion, there are five braking elements that deserve to be highlighted.
1) Performance: 28.8 kg (63.5 lbs) less with carbon-ceramic discs
For the first time in its glorious history of more than a century, a Cadillac has carbon-ceramic discs: when ordering the CT5-V Blackwing, the customer can opt for Brembo carbon-ceramic discs, 400 mm (15¾ inches) in diameter and 38 mm (1½ inches) thick on the front and 370 mm (14½ inches) by 34 mm (1⅓ inches) on the rear.
One of the main attributes of Brembo carbon-ceramic discs is their light weight: each of these front discs weighs 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs), compared to the 16.6 kg (36.6 lbs) of a steel disc, while each rear disc weighs 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs), compared to the 11.1 kg (24.5 lbs) of a conventional model. This translates into an overall weight drop of 28.8 kg (63.5 lbs).
2) Design: colors and finishes
When dealing with a refined brand like Cadillac, nothing can be left to chance. Every element of the car contributes to its appeal, including the braking system, starting with the brake calipers, derived from the units used on the track: the Cadillac DPi-V.R, winner of four editions of the Rolex 24 at Daytona race, used Brembo brakes.
The Brembo M6 (6-piston) aluminum monobloc calipers on the front and the M4 (4-piston) calipers on the rear ensure incomparable braking power and consistency, and they share an economy of dimension with the V-Series lines. To enhance the shapes, along with the Harbor Grey, Edge Red and Royal Blue colors, the magnificent Tech Bronze color makes its début.
This chromatic finish, exclusive to Cadillac V-Series, offers a reduced essence that accentuates the performance, sophistication and distinctive look of the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing. Reinforcing the Cadillac brand identity is the V-Series logo on the carbon-ceramic disc housing.
3) Comfort: electronic parking brake
The CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing are the first Cadillacs to use the electronic parking brake (EPB).
4) Safety: control sensors
For the first time, a Cadillac uses pad wear sensors: mounted on all four calipers, the Brembo sensors check the thickness of the friction material and, when it drops below what is considered to be the minimum level, they activate a warning light on the dashboard.
5) Sustainability: no copper
Copper-free pads are used by the CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, because sustainability is one of the corporate cornerstones for Cadillac: in the goal of achieving zero emissions, even the brake pad material must do its part.
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