The Aston Martin DB9 will be given the brand new Caparo high-performance brake upgrade package. The new package provides drivers with a better driving experience and uses technology that was developed originally for the Caparo T1 hypercar. It reduces normal wear and tear from regular heavy braking, increases the feel and consistency, and cuts down on the stopping distance.
â€œWith 470bhp from its 6 litre, V12 engine, the DB9 rewards drivers with stunning levels of performance,â€ says Nick Mennell, technical director, Caparo AP Braking. â€œHowever, some owners have told us that particularly spirited drivers, including those taking part in track days, would like additional braking power. With more than 80 yearsâ€™ experience in developing high-performance automotive braking systems, our team of 18 braking engineers have developed an aftermarket upgrade kit that delivers what they need without adding extra weight or compromising performance while cold.â€
Several tests were performed on the new upgrade – which showed improvements all across the board in braking performance. The thermal capacity for the new discs was improved and showed an 18% decrease in peak temperature during the fade test. In short this means that the brakes can now be used longer before they begin to fade.
Pedal effort is also improved with the upgrade offering the same level of deceleration as the original with 30 percent less force being applied to the pedal. Caparo has also changed the brake distribution with 63 percent now being applied to the front brakes compared with 60 percent under the original set-up. These improvements to the brake system delivered a 24 percent reduction in stopping distance during an AMS fade test, giving owners greater control and stopping power.