TOP MARQUES AUDI & PEUGEOT PREPARE FOR LE MANS BATTLE EQUIPPED WITH BREMBO BRAKES
Brembo Teams Have Won Seven Overall Crowns in Past Eight Years LE MANS
With the three Peugeot 908s dominating practice and qualifying, running three to eight seconds a lap faster than the three Audi R10s, many aficionados expect the French to finally dethrone the seven-time champions in tomorrow's 76th running of the classic 24 Hours of Le Mans. One thing is fairly certain, though, the champions will take the checker flag on Brembo brakes.
For seven of the past eight years, the overall winners of this twice-around-the clock endurance race have used Brembo Racing calipers and rotors to lead them to victory at the legendary 8.4-mile Circuit de la Sarthe. The same can be said for numerous class winners Whether four-wheel or two, open-wheel, prototype or GT, since Brembo began racing with Ferrari in 1975, the Italian manufacturer of high-performance braking systems has won more world championships at more great venues like Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, Monaco and Baja than any other competitor.
This season alone, Brembo teams in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) have won every race in LMP1 with Audi and two out of four in GT2 with Porsche. At Grand-Am's season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, the majority of the sports car field was equipped with Brembo brakes. As in all years, Brembo's success on the racetrack in 2008 is not limited to sports cars; Brembo-equipped cars have won five of seven F1 races and nine NASCAR races this season. Brembo has been even more dominant in the major two-wheel championships winning all 19 of the FIA MotoGP and AMA Superbike and ten of the 12 World Superbike races to date.
Brembo will again supply over half of the field for Le Mans this year, including six prototypes expected to contend for overall honors and at least 14 GT cars, including most of the Aston Martins, Ferraris and Porsches competing.
Leading the contenders are the three Audi R10s, including the #1 car with Frank Biela (5 wins), Emanuele Pirro (5) and Marco Werner (3). After winning Le Mans the past two years, this trio shares 13 Le Mans overall victories. The #2 Audi of Dindo Capello (2) and Allan McNish (1) will team with Tom Kristensen, who is the all-time winning driver at Le Mans with seven crowns. In addition, Capello and McNish have been the ALMS Champions (LMP1) the past two years on Brembo. Even though Audi has dominated Le Mans since 2000 (Bentley represented the brand in the 2003 victory), the Germans realize that their days atop the podium may be over or, at least, seriously challenged.
Team Peugeot Total not only has the three fastest cars, but also a cadre of seasoned drivers, all with F1 experience, most notably 1997 F1 Champion Jacques Villeneuve. It looks like a clash of the titans - all running on Brembo Racing brakes.
The battle won't only be at the front either. Two separate class wars will be fought with four Brembo-equipped Aston Martins challenging four Corvettes for the GT1 crown while numerous Brembo-shod Ferraris and Porsche will battle for the GT2 class win. Included in the former group is the #009 Aston Martin DBR9 of David Brabham and Darren Turner who upset the five-time GT1-winning Corvette team last year, while Patrick Long returns in his Brembo-equipped #76 Porsche trying to repeat last year's GT2 class win. In the end, hopefully, Brembo will be able to add another 24 Hours of Le Mans crown to its list of great championships after this weekend.
Racing teams and manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz AMG and Lamborghini, who demand the best, turn to the experts in braking technology and performance: Brembo. The strong support and trusted relationships that Brembo has with more than 31 original equipment manufacturers and hundreds of championship-winning race teams in F1, WRC, NASCAR, IndyCar and sports cars, is based on the fact that Brembo is the industry benchmark. There is no other company or product line on the market that can match Brembo's level of technology and performance.
Brembo, a world leader in engineering, development and production of high-performance braking systems and components, was established in 1961 in Bergamo, Italy. Brembo is an engineering company with over nine percent of its 5700 employees dedicated to research, development and innovation. Brembo has 25 production and business sites in 12 countries worldwide. Each product is designed with performance and styling uniquely matched to the vehicle that it equips.
Of equal importance is Brembo's total commitment to manufacturing and quality assurance. Brembo controls every step of the process, from design to iron casting through to assembly, by means of testing and simulations in the laboratory, as well as on the road and track to assure performance. Brembo offers a comprehensive line of brake components and systems ranging from original equipment and aftermarket replacement parts, to racing and high-performance upgrades, as well as performance motorcycle components and systems.
As a global supplier, Brembo manufactures over 32 million brake rotors a year for more than 30 different OEMs, including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Lamborghini, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes, Nissan and Porsche. 2007 market consensus sales are 912 million Euros ($1.249 billion).