Range Rover Sport SV with carbon ceramic brakes prove impressive in Portugal

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After 600 track miles no brake pad changes were needed : credit: © JLR
The latest Range Rover Sport SV, the range’s performance flagship, is now available with optional carbon ceramic brake discs

More usually the preserve of top-end sports cars, carbon ceramic discs improve stopping performance during repeated high speed braking and are more durable long-term than steel discs.

JLR confirmed the benefits of its optional Carbon Ceramic Braking system during a two-week track driving event at the Autodromo do Algarve in southern Portugal, using a single set of brake discs and pads for each test vehicle. All four of the Range Rover Sport SV Edition Ones tested featured the optional Carbon Ceramic Braking system with SV-exclusive Brembo Octyma calipers and 440mm front discs, (the largest in the industry). On average they covered 215 laps of the 15-corner circuit, adding 615 miles to the 1000 miles they had already clocked up.

At the end of the event, the brake pads still retained around 30 per cent of their useable pad life. The carbon ceramic discs set-up saves 34kg unsprung mass versus the standard braking system and is a £7000 option.

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