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Brembo lights up 60th anniversary with New G Sessanta brake concept

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After 60 years of mechanical innovation, Brembo's New G Sessanta Concept heralds a new electronic generation of brake calipers
After 60 years of mechanical innovation, Brembo's New G Sessanta Concept heralds a new electronic generation of brake calipers
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Inspiration for the New G Sessanta Concept came from Brembo's first motorcycle product, this 1972 aluminum two-piston caliper
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Inspiration for the New G Sessanta Concept came from Brembo's first motorcycle product, this 1972 aluminum caliper
Brembo's New G Sessanta Concept brings LED lighting where it was least expected – the brake calipers
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Brembo's New G Sessanta Concept brings LED lighting where it was least expected – the brake calipers
The LED lights of the Brembo New G Sessanta Concept are customizable in intensity and color via a smartphone app
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The LED lights of the Brembo New G Sessanta Concept are customizable in intensity and color via a smartphone app
The Brembo New G Sessanta Concept caliper could serve as a parking or courtesy light
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The Brembo New G Sessanta Concept caliper could serve as a parking or courtesy light
According to Brembo, the New G Sessanta Concept offers a look to the future of brake calipers
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According to Brembo, the New G Sessanta Concept offers a look to the future of brake calipers
After 60 years of mechanical innovation, Brembo's New G Sessanta Concept heralds a new electronic generation of brake calipers
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After 60 years of mechanical innovation, Brembo's New G Sessanta Concept heralds a new electronic generation of brake calipers
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The Italian master of braking systems, Brembo, has unveiled its vision of the future in the shape of the New G Sessanta concept brake caliper. It's equipped with customizable LEDs and potentially groundbreaking connectivity features.

Brembo SpA was founded in 1961 in Bergamo, Italy, starting off as a small workshop specializing in brake systems. During the course of the next six decades, it grew to become a global leader in motorcycle braking systems, as well as the dominant supplier of motorsport teams. Nowadays, all the factory teams in MotoGP run the same Brembo brakes.

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Brembo has announced the New G Sessanta Concept – sessanta translates from Italian as 60. The design of this prototype emulates the shape of Brembo’s first-ever motorcycle brake caliper from 1972, but with a luminous addition.

Inspiration for the New G Sessanta Concept came from Brembo's first motorcycle product, this 1972 aluminum two-piston caliper
Inspiration for the New G Sessanta Concept came from Brembo's first motorcycle product, this 1972 aluminum caliper

The application of smartphone-connected LED technology is actually more than just a stylish statement, as it is described as "both an interface, and an aesthetic choice." First of all is the obvious ability to customize intensity and colors via an app, although remotely activating the LEDs may also assist in locating where the bike is parked.

Once a data route between the caliper and the smartphone has been set up, it can also be used to transfer telemetry data on the condition of the caliper or the vehicle. Brembo doesn’t delve into any technical details, but it does suggest that the New G Sessanta can adapt to any type of caliper. Questions like the kind of sensors that can be employed, or the kit’s power source, will probably remain unanswered until the first commercial application comes around.

According to Brembo, the New G Sessanta Concept offers a look to the future of brake calipers
According to Brembo, the New G Sessanta Concept offers a look to the future of brake calipers

The concept does tickle the imagination, though, at the possibilities it opens – especially if it can support remote adjustability. For instance, it could function as a disc brake lock by simply adding the option to remotely actuate both front and rear calipers through the app. Or, in a more elaborate scenario, integrating this system to the motorbike’s electronic arsenal could add braking performance to the parameters of every ride mode.

According to Brembo, the New G Sessanta Concept represents its vision of new features and solutions for brake calipers. For 60 years its technology evolved on a strictly mechanical foundation, but it seems that the time to take braking systems to the next, electronic level is approaching fast.

Watch Brembo’s pitch on the New G Sessanta Concept in the video below.

Source: Brembo

BREMBO “NEW G SESSANTA”: THE NEW BRAKE CALIPER CONCEPT SET TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY

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7 comments
7 comments
Bob Flint
Aesthetics aside for a moment, how about relay some information such pad wear, temperature, antilock, or even braking side marker light some other useful purpose.
paul314
I'd hate to be the security consultant on any braking function that happened under phone command.
Martin Hone
Looks like a solution in need of a problem !
Kevin Ritchey
Great; some kid hacker on the other side of the planet causes caliper failure to someone driving on the Autobahn. “But they sure looked pretty…!”
Tanker_Man
It's an axial brake, not a radial brake. This isn't progress.
ljaques
Hey, Brembo! PIMP MY BRAKES!
And the next week: "Yeah, Google, my phone won't allow my brakes to release."
Um, no.
ReservoirPup
Brembo acts as though they have never heard of regen braking. If they keep doing that, their niche will get only smaller