Makro Cosmic

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B.R.M’s Makrolon models offers wearers an unbearable lightness of being

Going faster is all about strategically shedding weight, and not just the matter of tuning the engine for ‘more performance’, since reducing a vehicle’s unsprung weight helps everything from acceleration to braking and most importantly, dynamics. True to the brand’s motorsports roots, B.R.M fields two models made of Makrolon. Bernard Richards, B.R.M owner, tells us it is the only company manufacturing this material. On the technical difficulties, he explains that, “The difficulty is to keep the dimension to a hundredth of mm to ensure perfect water-resistance, as well as to manufacture the material in such a way that it does not split. Some of Makrolon’s characteristics include being almost unbreakable and very light. It is used in the construction of some side-windows of race-cars, fighter plane cockpits and even helmet visors.”

[Read more about BRM watches in issue 28 of TopGear Singapore]

David Khoo
Author: David Khoo
David is a big petrolhead who has been dabbling in the car trade since 2001 and currently oversees Top Gear Singapore. His stories often take an eclectic slant from the predictable, and he's able to craft a compelling read that lets you see the cars (often old!) in a new light.