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Delphi in VM talks for braking system

Delphi is in talks with a number of vehicle manufacturers to adapt a new braking system which it has developed to meet consumer demand for dramatically impr-oved stopping performance.

Named Maximum Torque Brake, the system doubles the friction area applied to the brake disc. It works by means of a floating ventilated disc system with a third double-faced pad between the two discs. When the brakes are activated, the outer pads compress the discs on to the inner pad, applying twice the level of braking friction of normal ventilated disc systems.

The company has already tested Maximum Torque Brake on Ford Fiestas and a BMW X5.

Delphi marketing manager Phil Woodcock says: “We’ve interest from several manufacturers at the moment, although I can’t name names. It is also receiving interest from trailer manufacturers looking for optimum performance.”

Woodcock believes the product will enable vehicle manufacturers to save costs, by utilising identical systems across a model range. Testing has shown it to create less thermal stress and be self-cleaning.

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