Ceramic composite brake rotor, standard equipment for Formula One racing. These ceramic brakes can reduce the vehicle's weight by more than 10 pounds, resist heat-induced attenuation, and are expected to continue to maintain vehicle life. The life of the cushion has tripled, and due to the reduced weight of the spring (the suspension body does not support the weight of the body and components), the operation is improved.
Similar ceramic composite brakes made by the Starfire system are being tested by the motorcycle racing market, including Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Harley-Davidson.
Unlike conventional steel discs, these ceramic-type rotors actually perform well as their temperature increases. They have proven to improve fuel efficiency, acceleration, braking consistency and overall life. These advantages are realized while improving braking and handling performance, ie the limit of use. With less unsprung mass, this rotor provides the possibility of being designed for heavy components for all corners of the vehicle.
The Carrera GT's multi-plate clutch is lightweight (7.7 pounds or 3.5 kilograms) and is smaller than any similar unit. Compared with the conventional clutch used by the Porsche 911 Turbo, the weight is reduced by more than 50%. The composite material is a combination of carbon fiber braid and silicon carbide; silicon carbide is almost as hard as diamond, with excellent wear resistance and high temperature resistance. These properties make composite materials an ideal choice.