DSG recently added Tarox Brakes to the DSG Line Up. This particular partnership had quite an interesting start for us. We actually spent quite a bit of time discussing Tarox's products as well as their story and methodology. We wanted to know what made these guys special and how they translated that into their braking systems. Once we heard their story, we were hooked.
Tarox has been around for some time so chances are, you know quite a bit about them, but I bet you don't know the whole story and when we form new partnerships at DSG, the niche always matters. So, let's get down to it.
Tarox's story begins like I imagine any Italian story would, with a pinch of love. Gianni Taroni and his wife founded Tarox in 1976. Now this guy did a lot for the braking field, perhaps more than you realize.
Since Gianni was a talented driver, he not only created products but sped onto the racetrack and tested them as well. Maria provided engineering expertise a fresh perspective on every project.
While still just a boy, old G.T (get it?) refined a compressor based brake system similar to today's ABS, this and many other experiences led him to one of his first vital contributions, anti heat caliper pistons. A revolution at the time and a key part of Didier Pironi's victory at the 1980 Grand Prix of Belgium. Shortly after of course, Williams, McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Lotus and Tyrrell to name a few we're all banging down Gianni's door for his brake tech.
More success followed with Keke Rosberg's victory in a Tarox equipped Williams in the 1982 Formula 1 World Championship.
The Taroni dream team just kept hitting firsts including the introduction of the first every commercially available slotted rotor, the C83.
In 2012, the brake titan passed away and his daughter, Valeria became the new head of the company.
So about that name..what gives? Well part of it is found, obviously in Gianni's last name but the rest honors one of the brand's key contributions to the industry. In fact, we've already talked about it in this article. Gianni's anti heat piston, the piece of tech that rocketed him into aftermarket stardom prevented transmission of heat through to the caliper, this was done by using aluminum oxide as the thermal insulating material. The "ox" in oxide gives us the explanation for the end of this Italian brake specialist's name.
To this day, all Tarox brakes and components are produced by hand in Italy using materials sourced within Europe.
So there you have it, you're all caught up on the Tarox story.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Tarox Blog Series!
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