Photo/IllutrationA brake caliper developed by GLM Co. to improve braking function. (Provided by GLM Co.)

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KYOTO--A dedicated brake caliper that can dramatically improve a vehicle's braking function has been developed by GLM Co., an entrepreneurial spinoff from Kyoto University.

Installed on its Tommykaira ZZ sports car, GLM says the caliper allows drivers to more precisely control the vehicle's braking with a lightning-quick response in deceleration and acceleration.

The caliper, which uses a six-piston system, was shown to the public at Tokyo Big Site from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5 during the Tokyo Motor Show.

GLM, a Kyoto start-up known as a producer of electric vehicle (EV) supercars, jointly developed the project along with Nissin Kogyo Co., a brake manufacturer based in Nagano Prefecture.

The part, designed to be equipped with vehicles’ wheels, makes the brakes work further, boosting acceleration and deceleration dynamics.

GLM’s brake caliper is designed to be equipped with not only new vehicles, but also can be installed on vehicles currently in use.

The braking control device is scheduled to hit the market by the end of 2017. It is expected to be priced at around 1 million yen ($8,798).

GLM previously began commercial production of the Tommykaira ZZ, a two-door, two-seat sports car, in October 2015. The sleek, high-performance vehicle can reach 100 kph in 3.9 seconds. It is priced at 8 million yen, excluding tax.