In the old days, brakes were not a part of the vehicle to be shown off as something decorative, such as chromed engine parts or anodized wheels. The brakes, which convert the kinetic energy of the moving vehicle into heat energy through friction, were once just dirty and often rusty cast-iron parts hidden inside the wheel, quietly (or sometimes not) performing their duty.
With modern performance cars offering more power and speed, as well as higher curb weights, the size and capacity of the brakes have also increased to produce the kind of stopping power that is needed in today’s cars. Since the late 1980s, when lighter alloy wheels began to open up increasingly larger windows into the brake’s hot, dusty, and dark world, brake calipers on sport cars began to be painted in bright colors. They became something to look at; indeed, something cool to differentiate vehicles and draw people’s attention. Car dealers started to offer special colors for brake calipers, and today the option can sometime cost thousands of dollars on some supercars. Car designers nowadays also design wheels with thin and widely spaced spokes, both to shave weight and also to show off the colorful brake calipers and large rotors. The caliper face has since become a promotional space for brands and logos because people can now see it.
Large aluminum calipers with six or more pots that are mated with expansive cross-drilled rotors are expensive car parts. They are primarily fitted on supercars such as those from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, though people often spend thousands of dollars to retrofit big-brake kits to lesser cars.
AUTOart is pleased to announce the launch of its newest desktop accessory for office car enthusiasts. If your job requires you to brake for tape, there is no better way than with this 6-pot monoblock brake caliper tape dispenser designed and hand-crafted to look identical to those fitted on high-performance supercars. AUTOart’s engineers have taken the familiar form that peeks through the wheels of the world’s fastest automobiles and shrunk it to half the size of an actual caliper. As with our precision die-cast model cars, the caliper is made of hefty and durable zinc metal, which is die-cast and finished in one of four available colors, including black, red, yellow and green. The brake caliper dispenser weighs 467gm (around 1 lb.) and measures 131mm x 66mm (5.2” x 2.6”). Let’s face it, during a long workday, everybody could use a brake. Cellular tape not included.
Item No. 40273 red caliper
Item No. 40274 yellow caliper
Item No. 40274 black caliper
Item No. 40279 green caliper