The Corvette team worked diligently with suppliers to help bring the 2019 C7 Corvette ZR1 to life. In fact, the car wasn’t even planned at all. When it comes to the brakes, the team tapped Brembo to help engineer proper units to handle its 755 horsepower.
Although the aluminum calipers’ size hasn’t changed from the Corvette Z06’s Z07 package, Brembo enhanced the friction materials to increase performance. The company manufactures the carbon ceramic rotor with a special heat treatment to improve resistance to higher thermal loads. Basically, the brakes dissipate heat even better.
Brembo also developed new formulations for the front and rear brake pads for greater stopping power and better pad wear. The final setup makes for front 6-piston monobloc calipers with 394mm x 36mm carbon ceramic disc, and rear 4-piston monobloc calipers with 390mm x 32mm two-piece carbon-ceramic discs.
The brakes are just one of many elements found with the new Corvette ZR1, which will go on sale next spring. Ahead of that, Barrett-Jackson will auction off the first production car to one
lucky auction-goer Rick Hendrick.