Tesla Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit for Model S Plaid Employs Spaceship Technology

Eva Fox by Eva Fox November 25, 2021

Tesla Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit for Model S Plaid Employs Spaceship Technology

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Tesla has started selling the Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit for Model S Plaid. The Brake Kit is designed for maximum comfort on the track and provides maximum, repeatable stopping power during high-performance driving.

Tesla has begun selling the Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit for Model S Plaid in its online store. The kit will be available by mid-2022. This package is only compatible with Model S Plaid vehicles equipped with 21” Arachnid wheels. The Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit includes all-new carbon-silicon carbide rotors that provide maximum high-temperature durability and heat management, one-piece forged calipers with high-performance pads and high-temperature brake fluid.
"Designed for the ultimate track experience, the Model S Plaid Carbon Ceramic Brake Kit is a complete hardware package that delivers maximum, repeatable stopping power during high-performance driving."

Includes:

  • 2x 410 x 40mm carbon-silicon carbide front rotors
  • 2x 410 x 32mm carbon-silicon carbide rear rotors
  • 2x 6-piston one-piece, forged front calipers
  • 2x 4-piston one-piece, forged rear calipers
  • 2x integrated, caliper-mounted parking brakes
  • 4x high-performance front brake pads
  • 4x high-performance rear brake pads
  • 1x bottle of high-temperature brake fluid

The kit will cost $20,000, which is a reasonable price for those enthusiasts who understand the cost of such ultra-performance brakes. Carbon-ceramic brakes always have a very high cost, which is primarily due to the fact that their production is expensive. An indicator of their high cost—the use of heat-resistant carbon/ceramic-based materials—originated in the ever so expensive endeavor of space exploration. Carbon-ceramic materials are used in rocket construction and are designed to resist frictional heat.

The reason they are so expensive is all down to the production process. The brakes takes a long time and a lot of effort to build, with each disc taking the best part of a month to make. Carbon fiber and silicon resin mix is ​​put into molds and placed under 20,000 kilograms (44092 lb) of pressure at 200 degrees Celsius (392 Fahrenheit) before being cooled. This mold is then heated again over two days at 1000 degrees Celsius (1832 Fahrenheit) before more silicon powder is added and it's heated a third time up to 1700 degrees Celsius (3092 Fahrenheit) for another 24 hours—this time under vacuum. This process transforms the raw ingredients surrounding the carbon fibers into the silica carbide ceramic that adds the durability and longevity of the product. While Tesla's Carbon Ceramic Brake technology may differ slightly, it will still have significant similarities.

With the $20,000 Tesla Carbon Ceramic Brake kit, owners get exactly what they pay for, as carbon-ceramic brakes are superior to any other in almost every way.

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