During the design, evaluation and optimization process of automotive brake systems brake torque measurements are often crucial. Known brake torque sensors lead to differences in terms of mass, inertia, stiffness and brake cooling compared to a vehicle without measurement equipment. In this contribution a new brake torque sensor is described which proved to be superior to known systems. Either the hub itself is turned into the sensing element or is replaced by a sensing element. Thus mass, inertia, stiffness and cooling conditions are nearly unchanged. A modification of this sensor allows measurement of residual brake torques in a low range (20....50 Nm) with high sensivity and features at the same time a high range (up to 2.000 Nm) with lower sensivity. The application of the sensor in a study to lower energy loss caused by residual brake friction in a passenger car is described.