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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249676D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 105K

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Brake cooling capability is an important performance metric for vehicles used at a race track. Increased

braking performance allows for later braking before a corner, leading to faster times around a race

course. When brakes overheat braking performance is degraded. Brake rotors are designed with internal

vents to improve cooling capability, but if there is not enough air moving through the brake system, it will

not be as effective.

A common solution to provide improved brake system cooling is to duct air from the front of the vehicle to

the front brake system. The ducting may include an air deflector mounted to a control arm to route the air

into the wheel and through the brake system. Package constraints may make it impossible to mount a

deflector to the control arm. One solution would be to mount the air deflector on another suspension

component that is within the ideal air routing path. Other suspension components with potential mounting

locations include the steering tie rod and the stabilizer bar. The steering tie rod often has ball joints in

both ends and would result in the deflector tilting throughout suspension travel. Attaching the air deflector

to the stabilizer bar is beneficial because the stabilizer bar follows the wheel travel and thus the air

deflector will always be pointing towards the brake system. An example of such a system can be seen

below in Figure 1.

Figure 1

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