Albert H. Girling patented the Girling brake system in 1925. Girling, also known as Captain Girling, used a wedge/roller actuated drum brake for the Girling brake system. The Girling brake system was used for many types of cars, including racing cars and road cars. Some aspects of the Girling brake system are still used today. Girling sold the Girling brake system patent to the New Hudson Company in 1929. The Joseph Lucas Group purchased the manufacturing company in 1938 and then purchased the patent in 1943.
New Hudson Company
The original Girling brake system was used for the basic road cars that most people had in the early 1900s. Ford, Rover, Austin and Riley all used the Girling brake system once it was purchased by the New Hudson Company.
Joseph Lucas Group
The manufacturing of the Girling brake system went in another direction under the control of the Joseph Lucas Group. The Joseph Lucas Group ceased the manufacturing of full brake systems. Instead, the Joseph Lucas Group began to create the Girling brake discs for modernised and performance oriented cars. An example is the 1958 Triumph TR3 that became the first production car to feature standard front brakes. Other examples include the 1952 supercharged V16 BRM Grand Prix car and the 1965 Sunbeam Tiger. There have been 12 vehicles since 1959 to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with Girling disc brakes.
The Girling Colette is the most successful fist type design caliper to date. In 1974 the caliper went into production in Europe and Japan. The Girling Colette caliper is featured on Renault and Lancia cars created in Europe. The caliper is featured on Honda cars made in Japan.
Girling Product Use Today
Many Girling products come standard on commercial, agricultural, off-road vehicles, motorcycles, railway locomotives and cars. Girling products can also be purchased as an aftermarket upgrade for many vehicles.
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