Brembo was literally founded by accident

Brembo is – without a doubt – the leading and most well-known braking system company in the world, with its brakes stopping from hypercars of millions of euros, to everyday sport models, while the Italian company enjoys the same recognition on both wheels.

Brembo was founded just a few kilometers outside Bergamo, Italy in 1961 by Emilio Bombassei, the father of the current president of the company, and this year the company celebrates 60 years of life.

Interesting, however, is the past of the brake company, with its existence as we know it being a kind of accident. That is, it came from a literal accident. Brembo had been operating as a machine shop for the first three years of 1961, when another famous Italian company, Alfa Romeo, needed help as a truck carrying the brake discs to the Milanese car brand overturned.

Brembo says the accident in 1964 was what changed the future of the company, as Alfa Romeo, fearing that the discs had been damaged in the accident, hired Brembo to inspect and repair any damage. While working on these records, the people of Brembo began to wonder if these records were really as sophisticated as Alfa Romeo had described them, with these records being considered so good that they were imported from England.

Brembo engineers considered that their machine shop had the ability to make similar quality discs in Italy, of course at more competitive prices, and Emilio Bombassei reported it to the Italian car industry. Alfa Romeo saw an opportunity to reduce its cost per component, so it accepted the offer from Brembo. So the company started making the first Italian disc brakes, which it later supplied to Moto Guzzi.

Ten years later, in 1971, the company became known as Freni Brembo, or Brembo Brakes, taking its name from the names of its two founders, Italo Breda and Emilio Bombassei. In 1975, Brembo became the supplier of Ferrari brakes and the rest is history.

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