Audi Explores Carbon-Composite Brakes

Audi Explores Carbon-Composite Brakes

German carbon-graphite composites manufacturer SGL Carbon AG and Audi have signed a cooperation agreement on carbon-ceramic brake discs (CCB). According to SGL Carbon, the firm will receive a low doub...

German carbon-graphite composites manufacturer SGL Carbon AG and Audi have signed a cooperation agreement on carbon-ceramic brake discs (CCB). According to SGL Carbon, the firm will receive a low double-digit million Euro amount for technological and manufacturing developments as well as for the planning of automated mass production. Both parties have the option to expand production through a joint venture at a later date. The technology was developed by SGL Carbon in the ’90’s and was developed for mass production with Porsche. Carbon-ceramic discs last much longer than metal discs, and may last the life of the vehicle in some applications. In the interim, Audi will introduce carbon-ceramic discs to the market within the scope of a long-term supply agreement. The discs will be supplied by the existing SGL Carbon production facilities in Meitingen, Germany. Audi has introduced its new Audi A8 W12 Quattro with CCB technology, shipping the flagship sedan with the new brake discs from autumn 2005 onwards at customer request.

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