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14Brembo boss Bombassei becomes billionaire brake bigwig

In the auto industry, running into a car with the familiar "Brembo" moniker on its brake calipers is not uncommon. Ford fitted a set to its last-generation Mustang, and the Nissan Z and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution featured the company's stoppers for years. Combined with all the brakes Brembo supplies for Porsche, Ferrari and other high-end marques (to say nothing of its extensive motorsports efforts), it should come as no shock that the man in charge of the company is quite wealthy.

34Toyota class-action anti-lock brake lawsuit tossed out

A US district court judge in California threw out a class-action lawsuit from owners of Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids who had filed a claim against the Japanese automaker over a 2010 recall involving the vehicles' anti-lock braking system, Bloomberg News reports.

10Toyota developing new pre-crash braking aids

Automotive News Europe reports that Toyota is set to debut a pair of pre-crash safety systems. The company hopes the tech will help reduce the likelihood of high-speed crashes and accidents caused by pedal misapplication. One of the systems uses millimeter-wave radar to calculate the risk of a collision. Like the Volvo City Safety technology, when the vehicle senses an impending crash, it alerts the driver with both audio and visual cues. A new brake booster can then be activated to help deliver

14Mazda using wind turbine Electric Double Layer Capacitors to improve fuel efficiency

The idea of boosting vehicle fuel economy by using windmill components might sound a little Quixotic, but here goes.

41Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 claims new braking record

The Koenigsegg Agera is one stupendously quick supercar. It can travel from a dead stop to 186 miles per hour and back down to zero in a scant 21.19 seconds. That's not even enough time to sit through a car insurance commercial.

AddWatch This: GE visualizes wasted energy

Force = mass x acceleration. If you think back to freshman physics, that's the basic formula that determines how much energy is being exerted on an object when it's struck by something in motion. Catch a baseball and you can feel the force striking the palm of your hand. That pain is wasted energy, and in the world of hybrids – from cars to trains – it's energy that could be harnessed, saved and deployed later on. That's what GE is trying to demonstrate with the video below, calculat

AddPrius braking problem is apparently quite difficult to recreate

2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

9Volvo found guilty of manslaughter, fined

Two children tragically lost their lives when French driver Catherine Kohtz lost control of her Volvo 850. The 1999 incident, which Kohtz blamed on a loss of braking ability in her Volvo, has led to French courts handing down a finding of manslaughter. The guilty verdict against Volvo also carries an €200,000 fine, though Volvo holds that there wasn't anything wrong with the car's braking system and will likely appeal. Driver Kohtz was fined €300 and also sentenced to a six-month jail

2Mercedes developing video-based safety features

Mercedes-Benz has a long history of making cars safer, and the brand continues to spearhead a push to increase everyone's chances of survival. Mercedes currently has the Pre-Safe system that acts like an adrenal gland for the car, tightening up the muscles before an impact. Future plans for safety systems aim to make the cars even more attentive to things such as road signs, pedestrians, and impending doom. The second generation of PreSafe is undergoing tests, and there's a lot more accident pre

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