Why These F1 Brakes Cost £50,000

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These F1 Brakes cost over £50’000 per corner hit over 1000 degree Celcius and slow an F1 car at over 6G - which means 200mph - 40mph in just 4 seconds!
So, why do they cost 100X more than these Brakes from a regular road car? And why do they only last 250 miles?
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Before we break down the exotic materials and why these F1 brakes cost so much, we need to understand the insane forces involved and the extreme power these things have.
For a long time in F1 the limiting factor for braking was the grip available from the tyres - so the brakes were pretty similar to those from a road car. For example, in the 60s they were using steel discs - not too different from these road car brakes.
However, tyres are now so advanced and F1 cars produce so much downforce - and therefore grip - that the brakes are subjected to monumental loads and temperatures.
The braking phase is also absolutely crucial to lap time, so if you can brake later than your competitors - you will have a big advantage. And so teams spend around half a million pounds per year on the best quality discs and pads.
All meaning that F1 cars can produce over 6G when braking - to put this more clearly, the F1 car produces three times the braking force of a McLaren Senna when stopping from 200mph.

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  1. Driver61
    Maand geleden

    Isn't this engineering incredible? It was awesome to be able to show you just how incredible these things are! You really should join us for the chat with @Tommo at 8PM GMT tonight, and @Jaaames tomorrow at 7PM GMT! stereo.com/driver61 to join us!

    1. Len Mcbeth
      Len Mcbeth
      Maand geleden

      @Bobby Huxley cool! Took like 15 mins but it worked!!

    2. Observing Rogue
      Observing Rogue
      Maand geleden

      This makes me think about an AWD electric vehicle, Regen Braking all wheels. Even in a race setting, would Regen allow the use of normal brake rotors & pads?

    3. isaacroc
      Maand geleden

      I was hoping to see some footage of the manufacturing of C/C f1 disks, the videos we see are from SiC brake discs...or is the only difference that silicium isn’t added at the end by infiltration ?

    4. A-6M ZERO
      A-6M ZERO
      Maand geleden


    5. Pablo Rodríguez Roca
      Pablo Rodríguez Roca
      Maand geleden

      what it's incredible is people using stupid measurement units like miles

  2. rmatroja
    19 uur geleden

    In Future, Carbon Fiber 3D printed brakes will help! We can already see a Titanium 3D printed Buggatti brake caliper!

  3. Armen Z.
    Armen Z.
    Dag geleden

    Vapor not gas.

  4. Ethan Ebang
    Ethan Ebang
    2 dagen geleden

    imagine using special rubber for the break pad

  5. Bob England
    Bob England
    3 dagen geleden

    250 miles, bit wasteful isnt it , brake providers quite literally laughing all the way to the bank

  6. Danny
    4 dagen geleden

    2:00 ah yes, because 2832 is over 6x more than 734...

  7. Metalworks Boilers
    Metalworks Boilers
    4 dagen geleden

    50.000? I can change the entire brake system on my truck for less than two thousand bucks and still pay for a rub and thug at the “ Chinese spa place “

  8. James X Racing
    James X Racing
    5 dagen geleden

    0:23 Pun intended haha?

  9. 11. M.Hilman Firdaus
    11. M.Hilman Firdaus
    5 dagen geleden

    That break more exp than my car

  10. 9000rpm
    7 dagen geleden

    Great channel 👍🏼

  11. Angus McIntosh
    Angus McIntosh
    8 dagen geleden

    Great video. You get your megajoules & kilojoules mixed up at 1.50 but otherwise great.

  12. Твой хозяин
    Твой хозяин
    9 dagen geleden

    Still not worth the money

  13. Mr. Felix 2 Batican
    Mr. Felix 2 Batican
    9 dagen geleden

    I already have one good motorcycle for the price of an F1 brake

  14. leo p
    leo p
    10 dagen geleden

    100 times more 50•100=5000 but 50•10=500

  15. Forefather Of Mankind
    Forefather Of Mankind
    10 dagen geleden

    Loved the video but I think F1 is dying ... Too much safety & too much regulations is making it boring.

  16. Γιαννης Ντηνιακος
    Γιαννης Ντηνιακος
    12 dagen geleden

    Another incredible thing was your faceplant at 5:22 that must hurt

  17. Jasper van der Woude
    Jasper van der Woude
    12 dagen geleden

    What about pollution? The amount of carbon dust coming from these disks and pads can’t be good for your health🤣

  18. In Cognito
    In Cognito
    13 dagen geleden

    Captain Obvious has spoken

  19. Gibba-
    14 dagen geleden

    6:33 road car brakes often have 2 pistons for the front wheels

  20. speed67
    14 dagen geleden

    Just subscribed. I’m very interested in learning about F1 technology

  21. ali
    14 dagen geleden

    erftg aft bfh fgg woinmjkgd 😒

  22. Autobacs jpn
    Autobacs jpn
    14 dagen geleden

    Still not convinced they're worth 50k. This reminds my of those 5k "worth" burgers. The rich always have to make something overpriced for themselves. Makes them feel special. Realistically these brakes with the metarials and technology could be worth 8-10k. That's just the reality.

  23. Hisoka AA
    Hisoka AA
    14 dagen geleden

    I still dont know who this guy is

  24. D
    15 dagen geleden

    I'd LOVE to see the results of the super secret graphine brake test that was taking place at a laboratory in Zurich last year that was "suddenly and dramatically stopped" after the first test, and (according to a reporter who was present at the event) they very abruptly stopped all testing and escorted everyone out of the room as a group of officials rushed in and began quickly turning off computer monitors and covering up the test rig with black cloth. According to my leaked source, it was as if they were shocked and surprised by the initial results of the testing. Like they were expecting one result, and got a totally different one, and once they understood what had just taken place, they realized that they no longer wanted the public present! He said that everyone was very casual before the test began, they were even performing the testing procedures slowly enough for the tour guide to explain each step of the process, pausing each time to let him explain, and to let the public "absorb" it, before proceeding to the next step. It all felt very choreographed. Like any other press event done in a controlled environment. But then once they began the first practical/kinetic test, about mid way through the run-up procedure, the people operating the equipment started looking at each other, and the mood changed. His theory was that they were prepared for, and expecting to run a demo program that didn't run at full power, and as the machine started spoiling up, getting faster and faster, until it hit a point where everyone jumped out of their chairs.. that was the point when they realized they weren't running the "demo" program, but instead the electric motor got louder and louder as it increased in RPM and the scientists realized they were running the actual live test program. Then, just as fast as it began the machine squeezed the graphine disc, it turned bright red, and it was over in an instant. That's when others burst into the room and all hell broke loose. Screens got turned off, black cloth went over the test rig, and the ushered everyone out of the room. They explained it those in attendance as if there were a minor problem with the test and that they moved everyone out for their own safety, claiming that it wasn't safe to breathe the particles in the dust. (But that doesn't explain them hiding the test result numbers by shutting off the screens). The NDA that the attendees signed prevented anyone in attendance from filming or taking photos of the test itself, so no one has any digital record of the event (or the results) but none the less, they MUST be on to something truly amazing for them to want to keep the results from the public! And I for one, am excited! Graphine brakes will likely remain WAY too expensive for the foreseeable future, but perhaps they're not? Because they were willing to use a set to demo their testing procedure, and the guy told me that they had several cases full of blank discs to use for testing purposes, so they can't cost $1m each or anything like that! Either way, I want to see the results from that test! The way they acted, you'd think that these things were about to change the world!

  25. Don-Noppadon
    15 dagen geleden


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      15 dagen geleden

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  26. Christian H.
    Christian H.
    15 dagen geleden

    A road car has one piston calipers, then there is me: watching this in my 30 years old merc diesel with 4 piston calipers in front and two piston calipers in the back😅

    1. Roni92pl
      13 dagen geleden

      @Christian H. My 86 had 6 piston caliper but it was aftermarket.

    2. Christian H.
      Christian H.
      13 dagen geleden

      @Roni92pl for the last 20 years only highpowered cars usually have more than one piston per caliper, atleast on the european and asian market

    3. Roni92pl
      13 dagen geleden

      @Christian H. Most cars have one piston calipers? Im pretty sure just small and cheap ones

    4. Christian H.
      Christian H.
      14 dagen geleden

      @Roni92pl not really bs, most road cars have one piston floating calipers, mine is just an execption from that norm😅

    5. Roni92pl
      14 dagen geleden

      Yeah that was bs, even my bike rear brake has 2 piston caliper

  27. Bram Biesiekierski
    Bram Biesiekierski
    15 dagen geleden

    I used to have a carbon clutch on my tarmac rally car, and it was by far the best "feeling" clutch i have ever driven on. But it needed to be hot to work. It would excessively slip until sufficiently warmed up. Once warm it was incredibly smooth, and easy to drive

  28. Rashad Abdullah
    Rashad Abdullah
    16 dagen geleden

    Too heavy, 50,000lbs per disc?! (☉。☉)! Fucking hell

  29. Kinn Murphy
    Kinn Murphy
    16 dagen geleden

    open subs.. now im french

  30. Raw, Moto Scoop
    Raw, Moto Scoop
    16 dagen geleden

    Cheap price

  31. airofd
    16 dagen geleden

    Anyone else read the title as bracelet?

  32. No Chain No Brakes
    No Chain No Brakes
    17 dagen geleden

    How do they get brakes to bed-in? You know, how do they get enough material from the pads onto the rotors before a race to get the stopping power they need?

  33. Dyado Ado
    Dyado Ado
    18 dagen geleden

    after 50 years - what an amateurs

  34. Ram Dobè
    Ram Dobè
    18 dagen geleden

    My conclusion: Nobody can imagine F1 without carbon fiber.

    1. Ram Dobè
      Ram Dobè
      18 dagen geleden

      My conclusion: Nobody can imagine F1 without carbon fiber. (One of many fast and light things)

  35. MAIN RIG
    18 dagen geleden

    Why not watercooling them? Or LN2 cooling

  36. Surviver
    18 dagen geleden

    Because: ripoff

  37. Tim Higgins
    Tim Higgins
    19 dagen geleden

    Wow, thanks for the insight, I'm more of a MotoGP man myself but I'm sure the same technology applies.

  38. nunaoooo
    19 dagen geleden

    "we are breaking down every part of an F1 car". In a while we'll see you building an F1 car just from these spare parts you use for the videos haha

  39. Crackli'nBraap
    19 dagen geleden

    Imagine you buy a set of these and realized they crumbles at low temperatures... F.

    19 dagen geleden

    Can i fit in there?

  41. Johnny Knoxville
    Johnny Knoxville
    20 dagen geleden

    We got him to 500k, nicely done mate.

  42. MrSchinken
    20 dagen geleden

    Wow these F1 Brakes are with just 5$ over the OEM a good value aren't they.

  43. Krisdaine Miradios
    Krisdaine Miradios
    20 dagen geleden

    Carbon disc..

  44. ArcherU
    21 dag geleden

    380% is 6 times? Ermmm

  45. Jimmy XVM
    Jimmy XVM
    21 dag geleden

    Best I can do is $3400 each.

  46. Rafael Moreira Bratfisch
    Rafael Moreira Bratfisch
    22 dagen geleden

    Preciso de um freio desse pra descer a serra de Taubaté.

  47. Kyriafinis Bill
    Kyriafinis Bill
    23 dagen geleden

    We should not forget that F1 cars also use ERS which is an other name for regenerative braking. The F1 webpage states that ERS can provide 120KW of power in a lap. Most of that energy comes from the kinetic energy of the car during braking. So ERS helps considerably on braking.

  48. Nowill
    23 dagen geleden

    2:00 that's 4x, but OK.

  49. Johnny Knoxville
    Johnny Knoxville
    23 dagen geleden

    I'm about to binge watch this channel. Let's get him to 500K subs.

  50. Tina Myers
    Tina Myers
    23 dagen geleden

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  51. Berufskampftrinker
    24 dagen geleden

    Can i put this on my '04 RX8?

  52. Aniquin Stark
    Aniquin Stark
    24 dagen geleden

    It would be cool if teams would sell the worn pads with a driver signature on it

  53. cOijN x
    cOijN x
    25 dagen geleden

    möch möch higher möch fastah. my ears are blöööding

  54. Tom Lis
    Tom Lis
    25 dagen geleden

    great videos!

  55. Costa
    26 dagen geleden

    Stopping a car takes 750 kJ, not Mj. 3.6Mj is 1kWh, Tesla battery is around 100kWh, 750Mj would be 200kWh.

  56. Mean O’ Dustino
    Mean O’ Dustino
    26 dagen geleden

    I worked at a Mercedes Benz dealership as a detailer and remember when a customer purchased the MB SLR 622s? It came with carbon brakes from factory. First time I even seen them and thought they were stupid because I didn’t know the technology that they were. A Guy bought it and drove it as a daily🤣 $500k car the rich. Stupid and always trying to out do each other. He must have hated the brakes if they needed pre heating to brake efficiently 🤣 oh yeah he totalled that car 6months later 😂 bought a convertible 622 edition to replace it.

  57. Cheese Mac
    Cheese Mac
    27 dagen geleden

    Xiaomi sells the same kind of brakes for only $500.

  58. Prasun
    27 dagen geleden

    And I thought my ceramic pads were expensive

  59. kll kll
    kll kll
    27 dagen geleden

    carbon carbon

  60. Randy Randerson
    Randy Randerson
    28 dagen geleden

    They won't stop my car unless heated you say? But I still want them on my car anyways!

  61. Lead Sled
    Lead Sled
    28 dagen geleden

    Brake do have a HP rating.

  62. Michael Ryan
    Michael Ryan
    28 dagen geleden

    Saw these being made, was amazing how long they took to make

  63. D Marzio
    D Marzio
    29 dagen geleden

    Flintstones brake looks outdated

  64. Crantox
    Maand geleden

    0:02 nice

  65. jeremie lebrun
    jeremie lebrun
    Maand geleden

    bullshit. it's because today's money worth not very much.

  66. Newin Maximus
    Newin Maximus
    Maand geleden

    I dont want thats break...just gimme fking 50,000 -______-'

  67. Zafarullah Ahmad
    Zafarullah Ahmad
    Maand geleden

    0:20 I think you missed a zero

  68. Darius M
    Darius M
    Maand geleden

    shocking! Tx!

  69. Florian Walter
    Florian Walter
    Maand geleden

    0:05 Do I live behind the moon or when has Bugatti joined F1?

  70. Al i
    Al i
    Maand geleden

    great content

  71. JESUS YESHUA EL ELYON elshadai Adon Ori haaretz
    JESUS YESHUA EL ELYON elshadai Adon Ori haaretz
    Maand geleden

    It's cast iron not steel

  72. mereprince49
    Maand geleden

    So brake rotors don’t warp it is almost impossible to get them too unless you put it in the same heat for the same time as when they are being cast what they do do is get so that the surface isn’t flat anymore and creates a spot that’s lower than the rest of the rotor

  73. Hayden P
    Hayden P
    Maand geleden

    I found the drivers using the deceleration of the car to push the break pedal even harder really interesting.

  74. G C
    G C
    Maand geleden

    Is it one more F1 part that requires a ton of energy, time and resource to develop and produce but is actually only useful... in F1 ? Sometimes people tell me that F1 is where we get new technologies for cars, but these brakes, it looks like there is no chance at all. Kind of a waste in my opinion...

  75. mrdllo
    Maand geleden

    FFS use KM per Hour system or put at least number on screen.

  76. GFROG Clan
    GFROG Clan
    Maand geleden

    That are the old f1 braken

  77. An idiot in a racing car
    An idiot in a racing car
    Maand geleden

    Why don't they make the brake calipers in carbon as well?

  78. jerrymk
    Maand geleden

    Just use a sawstop

  79. Tall Drink
    Tall Drink
    Maand geleden

    faster the car, the better the brakes are. Hopefully!

  80. James Helton
    James Helton
    Maand geleden

    I want a set on my tacoma .

  81. Millina G
    Millina G
    Maand geleden

    380% is not equal to 6 times...

  82. Mike DeVito
    Mike DeVito
    Maand geleden

    they are made of a composite called carbon carbon

  83. Ilgar Majidov
    Ilgar Majidov
    Maand geleden

    money value - that`s the problem.

  84. Uchuujin tamanegi
    Uchuujin tamanegi
    Maand geleden

    8:53 first time hearing that carbon bodies are put into HEAT oven instead of PRESSURE one. strange

  85. DriveJapan
    Maand geleden

    Why does anything is F1 cost so much. Because you cant embezzle as much money if its cheap. LoL

  86. aKa Donut
    aKa Donut
    Maand geleden

    So it's to expensive and poluting to make any sense ? F1 is so boring too.. you watch some guys press a pedal and turn a circle left and right .

  87. Colin Gantiglew
    Colin Gantiglew
    Maand geleden

    Interesting and usefully informative. Your clear explanations were not fogged by either high-falootin' bullshit or patronising simplicity. Well done!

  88. Danny Wieland
    Danny Wieland
    Maand geleden

    more reason to finally stop F1 shit

  89. Yoshida Saki
    Yoshida Saki
    Maand geleden

    More expensive than my house goddamn 😂

  90. 윤성민
    Maand geleden

    Like George Russel said in WTF1, Those brakes are ridiculous

  91. Leonardo Barreto
    Leonardo Barreto
    Maand geleden

    That 1998 Benetton is the Real MVP of our F1 knowledge here. hehehe

  92. Who is John Galt?
    Who is John Galt?
    Maand geleden

    you can get these temps faster by having less surface area. the force per square inch would go up, resulting in more friction per square inch heating while also heating less material faster.

  93. Chris Braid
    Chris Braid
    Maand geleden

    So what about the regen braking ? Would it help to have supercapacitor battery banks to absorb the energy and fire the car out of the corner you just braked into ?P.S. I don’t like the way that brakes waste energy and slow us down. We need to relearn driving with minimal braking as it gives our vehicles better balance ....

  94. William Su
    William Su
    Maand geleden

    What is carbon carbon? Are they just a pure carbon material, or are we talking about like a refractory ceramic carbide?

  95. Pwnzistor
    Maand geleden

    Fun fact: The material used in F1 brakes (Carbon-Carbon) is the same thing that was on the Space Shuttle's nosecone.

  96. Shadowboost
    Maand geleden

    I've been to the shop that machines those holes. Very cool shop, made some really amazing shit, including some of my parts

  97. Alex Manning
    Alex Manning
    Maand geleden

    I really enjoy this content! Thanks so much for delivering high quality video as well as well as super fascinating content!!!

  98. Junior Johnson
    Junior Johnson
    Maand geleden

    Most of the F1 teams use a compound from Hitco, the same as used by most of the DPI teams. The Indy teams have tested those same compounds and are trying to change the rules to allow them ( they currently have to use the brakes from another manufacturer).

  99. AHands
    Maand geleden

    Wait - You show in your video they are £5,000 ($6,900) per corner. Honest mistake or deliberate clickbait in adding another zero?

  100. n 135246
    n 135246
    Maand geleden

    instant 2' : less than 4 times the energy, not more than 6 times, according to your calculations