Ferodo develops composite rotor range for BMW

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Vehicle braking specialist brand, Ferodo has launched a composite rotor range that is claimed to reduce rotor weight by up to 30%. The rotors, which feature a high carbon, cast iron surface area and aluminium bell, are initially being offered as aftermarket, OE-quality components for a range of BMW passenger vehicles. Aside from weight, Ferodo cites benefits to the design including a high level of durability, improved braking performance, and a reduction in unsprung vehicle weight, which enhances smoothness and consistency of operation and reduces vibration under braking.

Silvano Veglia, director of chassis product management at parent company, DRiV stated, “Ferodo is always seeking new ways to innovate through advanced manufacturing techniques, the use of new materials or incremental advancements that bring whole-system benefits. The new composite rotor range not only offers more stopping power, but through improved efficiency can offer increased fuel economy and enhanced comfort levels. We have found that these are exactly the characteristics sought by buyers of sporting, premium vehicles such as BMW.”

The Ferodo composite brake rotor range is initially available across 17 part numbers suitable for many popular BMW models, with more expected throughout the year. All components retain OE rotor specifications, ensuring direct compatibility for models ranging from the 1- to 7-Series, including GranTurismo models and the Z4 roadster.

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