THE UNITED STATES F1 GP ACCORDING TO BREMBO
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By: Brembo

THE UNITED STATES F1 GP ACCORDING TO BREMBO  DETROIT, (October 20, 2016) - The Circuit of The Americas (COTA) will host the 18th race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season, October 21-23.

Located in the hills overlooking the city of Austin, COTA is the first track in the United States to have been built specifically for Formula 1. Former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz and promoter Tavo Hellmund designed the track layout.

The circuit was inaugurated in October 2012 and up to now has hosted four Formula 1 GP races and just as many MotoGP races. Compared to motorcycles, the single-seaters take about 20 seconds less to complete a lap, but you could put your money on them in terms of maximum speed.

One of the distinguishing features of the track is the impressive incline at the end of the home-straight, where there is an elevation change measuring 134,5 ft. (41 meters) that goes from the lowest point to the highest on the track. It is easy to imagine the consequences this has on the drivers, who often brake incorrectly on the downhill stretch.

THE UNITED STATES F1 GP ACCORDING TO BREMBO  

According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of 1 to 10, the Circuit of The Americas is in the category of tracks that are not very hard on the brakes. The Texas track earned a five on the difficulty index, which only surpasses the scores given to Interlagos, Silverstone, Spa and Suzuka.

Brake Use During the GP

In the four races held so far at COTA, none of the drivers have managed to complete even one lap going an average of 124.2 mph (200 km/h). The blame rests with the extremely winding track, as evident in the 20 turns. The brakes are not always used in the frequent change of direction, which explains why the time spent braking in the overall duration of the race is merely 17%. On the other hand, the average deceleration is the highest out of the latest third (the last seven races) of the World Championship: 4 g, the same value registered in Melbourne.

The energy dissipated in braking is 133 kWh, which is equivalent to the hourly consumption of 133 rodeo bulls. From the starting line to the chequered flag, each driver applies a total load of nearly 78 ton on the pedal, the same weight as 150 Texas Hold'em tables with six players each and the card dealer.

The Most Challenging Stops

Of the 11 braking sections at COTA, four are classified by Brembo technicians as challenging on the brakes, four present mid-level difficulty and three are light.

The most difficult overall is Turn 12 that the drivers approach after reaching their maximum speed: the cars go from 209.4 mph (337 km/h) to 48.4 mph (78 km/h) in 1.35 seconds and travel 416.6 ft. (127 meters), the same distance marked between the two turns of the Texas Memorial Stadium. At this point, the drivers apply a load of 392.4 lb (187 kg) on the brake pedal and undergo a deceleration of 5.7 g.

The longest braking section is at Turn 11: 429,7 ft. (131 meters) to slow down from 185 mph (298 km/h) to 48.4 mph (78 km/h) in 1.55 seconds, but with a deceleration of 'just' 4.7 g. The slowest curve on the track is the first, taken at 46 mph (74 km/h), after braking for 1.37 seconds, which is necessary to reduce the speed by almost 155 mph (250 km/h).

Turns 6 and 8 compete to secure the title for the shortest curve: 59-feet (18 meters) for the first (from 180 mph (290 km/h) to 140 mph (226 km/h) and 62 (19 meters) for the second (from 139 mph (224 km/h) to 110.6 mph (178 km/h), which measures less than four Formula 1 single-seaters placed in a row. Regardless, the deceleration at Turn 6 is 4.6 g and the load on the pedal is 219.2 lb (99 kg).

Brembo Victories

The single-seaters with Brembo brakes have won three of the four editions of the United States GP races contested at COTA. More generally, Brembo brakes have won 20 editions of the United States GP and 12 of these were with Ferrari. A good five of the victories went to Michael Schumacher and four to Ayrton Senna.

About Brembo SpA

Brembo SpA is the world leader and acknowledged innovator of disc brake technology for automotive vehicles. Brembo supplies high performance brake systems for the most important manufacturers of cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes worldwide, as well as clutches and other components for racing. Brembo is also a leader in the racing sector and has won more than 300 championships. Today the company operates in 15 countries on 3 continents, with 24 production and business sites, and a pool of about 8,000 employees, about 10% of whom are engineers and product specialists active in the R&D. 2015 turnover is €2,073.2 million (12.31.2015). Brembo is the owner of the Brembo, Breco, AP, Bybre, and Marchesini brands and operates through the AP Racing brand.

Photo credit: Brembo
posted on conceptcarz.com

   Recent Articles
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft Top Arrives In Showrooms This Month, Retaining Unbeatable Performance Value

• MX-5 Club Roadster Adds More Standard Safety Equipment for 2017


IRVINE, Calif. (February 1, 2017) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced pricing for the 2017 MX-5 Miata soft top, which will arrive at dealers nationwide this month.

Following its resoundingly successful launch as a 2016 model, becoming the only vehicle to ever win World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards in the same year, MX-5 retains its $24,915 base MSRP1, providing th....
Neil Verhagen, 15, Earns RRDC Mark Donohue Award at SCCA National Runoffs

It was announced today that Neil Verhagen was named to the 2017 Red Bull Junior Program and will drive in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series on the MP Motorsport team. http://www.redbulljuniorteam.com/article/red-bull-junior-team-announcement-2017, http://www.redbulljuniorteam.com/athlete/neil-verhagen

HILLIARD, Ohio (Jan. 18, 2017) - Neil Verhagen, a 15-year-old high school student from Mooresville, N.C., was named the 46th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award. This uni....
ABARTH TO SHOW STUNNING NEW 124 RALLY AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2017

The brilliant new Abarth 124 rally will be one of the highlights of the Abarth stand at this week's (12-15 January) Autosport International 2017 show.

The red and yellow liveried, hard-top rally car will make a welcome addition to the Abarth stand's line-up, displaying its irresistible blend of great looks, lightweight chassis, advanced racing technology and 300hp twin cam turbo direct injection engine.

The Abarth 124 rally is a real sports car, set up and tuned directly by Abarth and sold....
FORMULA 1 AND INDYCAR CHAMPION JACQUES VILLENEUVE CONFIRMED FOR AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL

◾Jacques Villeneuve confirms attendance at Europe's premier pre-season motorsport show
◾1995 CART IndyCar Champion and 1997 Formula 1 Champion will appear on the Autosport Stage on Sunday 15th January 2017
◾Marking 20 years since his Formula 1 championship victory, Villeneuve will also formally open Autosport International at a ceremony on the day
◾Get the chance to see Villeneuve being interviewed on the Autosport Stage and F1 Racing Feature
◾Paddock Pass and VIP ticket holders will have fu....
ALFA ROMEO ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ALL-NEW 2017 GIULIA LINEUP

Premium Mid-size Sedan Named 'Car of the Year' by Top Gear Magazine Starts at $37,995 MSRP & Record-Breaking 505-hp Quadrifoglio at $72,000 MSRP
◾All-new Giulia lineup combines Italian craftsmanship, class-leading performance, state-of-the-art technology and a passion for driving for the premium mid-size market
◾Giulia nameplate reflects a 55-year heritage of Alfa Romeo's lightweight, performance sedan tradition and over 105 years of brand history, carving its legend on road courses ar....
GOLDEN GRIDS TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF FORMULA FORD

Special races at 2017 Silverstone Classic to mark major milestone
◾Record 54-car grids to celebrate 50 years of Formula Ford
◾Entry-level formula which launched future World Champions
◾Early Bird tickets now on sale with significant savings

The world's most famous proving ground for future champions, Formula Ford, turns 50 in 2017 – a golden milestone that will be celebrated in record-breaking style at next summer's Silverstone Classic (21-23 July).

To mark this prominent 50th annive....
FOUR FCA US LLC VEHICLES NAMED 'MOST LOVED VEHICLES IN AMERICA' BY STRATEGIC VISION

◾Dodge Charger and Durango 'most loved' in their respective segments for third consecutive year
◾Dodge Challenger captures Specialty Coupe segment
◾Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited wins Entry SUV segment in 2016 'Most Loved Vehicles in America' survey by Strategic Vision

November 14, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich
. - Strategic Vision has named four FCA US LLC vehicles to its 'Most Loved Vehicles in America' list: ◾Dodge Challenger (Specialty coupe)
◾Dodge Charger (Full-size car) – third consecut....
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio  
2018 Dodge Durango SRT
2018 Dodge Durango SRT  2018 Dodge Durango SRT  2018 Dodge Durango SRT  2018 Dodge Durango SRT  2018 Dodge Durango SRT  
2018 Subaru WRX
2018 Subaru WRX  2018 Subaru WRX  2018 Subaru WRX  2018 Subaru WRX  2018 Subaru WRX  
2017 Acura NSX
2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  2017 Acura NSX  
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio  
2017 Cadillac ATS
2017 Cadillac ATS  2017 Cadillac ATS  2017 Cadillac ATS  2017 Cadillac ATS  2017 Cadillac ATS  
2017 Cadillac ATS-V
2017 Cadillac ATS-V  2017 Cadillac ATS-V  2017 Cadillac ATS-V  2017 Cadillac ATS-V  2017 Cadillac ATS-V  
2017 Cadillac CTS
2017 Cadillac CTS  2017 Cadillac CTS  2017 Cadillac CTS  2017 Cadillac CTS  2017 Cadillac CTS  
2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype
2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype  2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype  2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype  2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype  2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R Prototype  
2017 Cadillac XTS
2017 Cadillac XTS  2017 Cadillac XTS  2017 Cadillac XTS  2017 Cadillac XTS  2017 Cadillac XTS