Ceramic composite brake rotors until now have been standard issue for Formula One racers, where maximum braking is critical and outlandish cost is virtually meaningless. But a new era of road-car use is beginning with their optional — and super high-cost — fitment on models like the Porsche 911 Turbo and GT2 and the Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 F1. Famed Italian brakemaker Brembo doesn't plan to fall behind the trend, announcing that it has initiated pilot production of its own carbon composite ...

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