The Corvette ZR1 has been praised for its brakes ever since it was introduced to the world for the 2009 model year.
That outstanding braking power has come courtesy of the Italian supplier Brembo.
Now the company is expanding its Michigan plant to allow for the production of Brembo brakes to be installed on all 2014 Corvette Stingrays, the first time it has supplied every Corvette down to the base model.
The expanded factory in Homer, near Jackson, will assembled brake discs and calipers into corner units that include bearings and knuckles that will then be shipped to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Brembo brakes feature four-piston fixed calipers that – guess what? – were derived from racing, which seems to be the buzz word at Corvette these days.
The brakes are equally at home on the street or on the track when it comes to exceptional stopping power.
Highlights include 12.6-inch front rotors and 13.3-inch rear rotors that have 35 percent more swept area than previous-generation brakes, improving stopping distance by 9 percent. Larger 13.6-inch dual-cast, slotted front rotors and 13.3-inch slotted rear rotors are included with the Z51 Performance Package on the C7, which offer 6 percent more swept area than the C6 Grand Sport. They are also cooled front and rear for improved track performance, improving stopping distance by 5 percent.
All Corvette brakes will offer fixed front and rear calipers that offer more even pad wear, reduced drag and improved modulation.
Since opening its North American headquarters in 2010 in Plymouth, Brembo North America Inc. has invested $150 million in the market with plans to invest $100 million over the next few years to expand its North American presence. Brembo has grown its North American operations to roughly 482 employees in Plymouth, Homer and Mexico. The market now accounts for more than 20 percent of Brembo’s total worldwide sales, second only to Germany.