Watch Bugatti's 3D printed brake caliper tested at over a 1000 degrees celsius
With 1,479 BHP hauling around near enough two tonnes of weight, the Bugatti Chiron needs a serious braking system to bring itself to a quick halt from its 261mph top speed.
The standard Chiron uses huge aluminium brake calipers, but Bugatti decided to go one step further and developed the world's first set of 3D printed brake calipers. Measuring 41cm the titanium element is officially the longest brake caliper ever fitted to a car and at 2.9kgs it's also 2kg lighter than the previous aluminium element.
Despite the impressive weight saving, the new element is as or even more resilient and powerful than the previous one.
It can dish out 125kg of pressure per square millimetre resulting in the brake-disc turning into a glowing spark show. The element is 3D printed using four 400-watt lasers which melt 2,213 layers of titanium powder, in a production process that takes 45-hours before the final element is complete. The result is the largest functional 3D printed element ever fitted to a car and a 40% weight saving over the conventional element.
The element is a result of cooperation between Bugatti and the Laser Zentrum Nord in Hamburg, Germany. At the start of the Proejct Zentrum Nord was home for the worls largest titanium 3D printer.
While the tech hasn't yet made it to the Chiron, Bugatti's Head of New Technologies Frank Götzke hinted that this tech might trickle down to VW Groups other vehicles over time.
He said: “In 3-D printing development, Bugatti is the leader in the Volkswagen group.
“Everyone can and should benefit from our projects. This is also part of Bugatti’s role as the Group laboratory for high-tech applications.”
What other sorts of tech would you like Bugatti to develop, and what sort of Volkswagen group brands would you like to see adopt this tech? I for one would love to see the Audi R8 or next Lamborghini adopt the 3D printed brakes. Do you think we will ever see a Skoda with a bit of Bugatti DNA in it?
The Bug didn't really lack braking performance before the upgrade.
Back in 2017 on the old brakes, Bugatti took the Chiron out for a spin to break an unusual record, taking the Chiron from 0 to 249 and back to 0 miles-per-hour in an astonishing 42 seconds, and over a distance of 3112 meters. A world record unbeaten until today. It would be interesting to see what kind of effect the new set of brakes would have on this record if attempted again.