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Partnership to reduce brake weight

Published by Steve Coleman on January 24, 2012

A Michigan-based materials company and a New York university plan to put the brakes on the way people think about rotors.

The joint project between Michigan-based REL and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University is looking at ways to make vehicle brakes from an aluminum composite.

It's expected the vehicle parts will be 60 per cent lighter than regular iron rotors and last three times as long.

Early predictions say the composite rotors could reduce the weight of a vehicle by about 13.6 kilograms.

A finished prototype may not be ready for production for another year. REL reportedly already has motorcycle brakes using the composite material in production.

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