Vagbremtechnic Aston Martin DB9 Brake CalipersCategory: Brakes
The performance braking market has exploded in both size and popularity over the last decade and a half, and the market is now worth countless millions and features a dizzying array of competing systems from a bewildering selection of different manufacturers. One of the latest entries to this ultra competitive market is Vagbremtechnic (VBT), a firm that's managed to build a small yet fiercely loyal (not to mention vocal) band of customers, in the process confirming its ability to assemble class leading brake systems.
So, why should you plump for a VBT setup instead of a more traditional, standalone offering from one of the sector's aftermarket heavyweights? First and foremost, pure and undiluted performance; if it doesn’t work it doesn’t get supplied, however pretty it might look. The fact that VBT doesn't do anything except performance brake kits means that there are no other distractions, and that it is perfectly placed to devise uncompromising kits that fit perfectly and perform in an exemplary manner. VBT builds brakes for performance applications, specifically for those that intend to drive their cars in the manner in which they were intended, hence why its kits are constructed from some of the most advanced materials around and have garnered praise from professional drivers both in cup cars and endurance racers alike.
Vagbremtechnic's success can be attributed, at least in part, to its innovative business model. Created by David Brown a little over 10 years ago in response to what he felt was a lack of capable braking hardware for the fettled VW community, VBT majors on its ability to source the ultimate OEM brake components, then offering them in a wide variety of VAG-friendly fitment options. This way of approaching performance braking takes a staggering amount of research and forward planning to pull off in any meaningful manner, and the fact that VBT is now able to offer such a wide variety of OEM-derived brake setups says a lot about its forward-looking nature.
Caliper Carrier Kits
The VBT Caliper Carrier Kits are one of the most innovative products in its armoury of parts, and it's easy to see why they've proved so popular with the tuned VW faithful. Available for a massive selection of popular VW-related models (plus a few other key fitments), the Carrier Kits are the result of many months of careful R&D on VBT's part. They allow the fitment of key parts from the upper echelons of the OEM range to more everyday, real world models, which is fantastic news if you've ever fantasized about fitting Porsche 996 calipers to your Audi A3 or the Audi R8's mighty ceramic front brake setup to your Mk7 Golf.
VBT's in-depth understanding of the relationship between calipers, rotors and high performance brake pads is matched only by its knowledge of the interaction between piston size, number and the rate of pad wear. This has had a direct impact on the manner in which VBT conducts business: it doesn't 'bundle or box shift' kits, meaning that most sales involve a specific, one-to-one discussion with the buyer to ascertain which parts are best suited to their needs and car. It also explains VBT's aversion to selling its kits purely on notions of disc size and piston count. The company and its engineers are painfully aware that the largest, heaviest kit with the biggest discs and mammoth, ten-piston calipers isn't always the best solution, certainly not if the individual in question is never likely to venture on track!
The VBT range is small yet perfectly formed, meaning that it can focus all of its resources on performance and capability. As the name suggests, Vagbremtechnic caters for VAG models in a big way and VWs, Audis, Skodas and SEATs make up the bulk of its range, albeit with a select number of fitments for BMWs.