Bugatti to Use 3D-printed Titanium for Chiron Brake Calipers
Bugatti has announced that it will be making a change to new Chiron cars that will see the vehicles shed a bit of unsprung weight. The weight savings will come in the form of lighter brake calipers.
Current versions of the Chiron use normal Aluminum brake calipers, while new Chirons will get these wild looking, skeletal 3D-printed titanium calipers. The old aluminum calipers weighed in at 10.8 pounds each, the new parts will weigh 6.4 pounds each.
Despite being lighter, the new calipers have more tensile strength. The weird design is thanks to the 3D printing tech allowing there to be no more material than absolutely required for the calipers. Printing each caliper takes 45 hours to complete, but when you’re talking about a car that costs nearly $3 million, build time isn’t exactly a concern.