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British company speeds up brake efficiency

Fully integrated parking brake in opposed-piston rear wheel caliper

Published: May 11, 2016, 9:30 PM
Updated: August 2, 2016, 6:15 PM

disc brake (Credit:Wikimedia Commons/David.Monniaux)

A British company is hoping to make steady progress on the way vehicles stop, starting with an innovative fully-integrated park brake caliper it hopes to start shipping to OEMs later in 2016.

920E integrated park brake

920E (920Engineering), the newest brand from the historic Automotive Products (AP) lineage that has been around almost as long as the automobile, is offering auto manufacturers the industry’s first parking brake mechanism fully integrated into a vehicle’s opposed-piston rear brake caliper. The advantages to such a system are decreased complexity, fewer components and reduced mass (roughly 30% less compared to comparable performance sliding calipers).

“Recent years have seen a huge shift in the application of light-weighting and technology within the automotive industry, areas that are traditionally reserved for motorsport,” said Anthony Blackwell, Managing Director at 920Engineering. “The creation of our fully-integrated park brake is a reflection of this. We threw the traditional rule book out of the window and designed a ground-breaking new product that we believe addresses the requirements of forward thinking automotive manufacturing. For us it’s all about utilizing the latest technology and our engineering expertise in order to deliver a commercially viable solution for mainstream OEMs.”

One of the benefits of the innovative product is that it fits within the packaging of the standard opposed-piston rear caliper without having to extend the profile or adding additional mechanisms, and it offers opportunity for fitments across a wider range of products The company expects that it will aid in bringing opposed piston calipers, which are normally reserved for performance applications, to the mainstream marketplace.

And the driver ends up with improved brake feel and braking performance.

“This exciting new product is a clear demonstration of the effectiveness of our fully integrated supply chain approach,” explained Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of the Liberty House Group, 920E’s holding company. “By creating expertise and developing market leading solutions at every stage of the manufacturing process — from liquid steel production and distribution through to value added advanced engineering products and services — we are delivering innovative solutions to industry both in the UK and further afield.

“The fully integrated park brake, designed at our Leamington Spa facility, was created by a young and ambitious engineering team, looking to bring a step change into the sector,” concluded Gupta. “This vision is key to Liberty’s philosophy of re-engineering the steel and manufacturing industries in the UK, and we will continue to work closely with universities and industry bodies, to seek and attract bright young minds that will help us to deliver this vision.”