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Brakes

Ford logo4 Nov 2002

By MARTON PETTENDY

ONE of the least convincing braking systems found in an Australian car not so many years ago, Falcon's locally-made stoppers received a substantial boost via twin-piston callipers and larger discs during the life of AU.

But Ford didn't stop there for the heavier and more powerful BA. Set the task by Ford to produce a new system that meets the demanding European Auto Motor Sport performance specification while improving pad and rotor life, Bentleigh (Victoria) brake supplier PBR delivered what it claims are the biggest brakes ever fitted as standard to an Australian production car.

Featuring larger and 40 per cent stiffer alloy front callipers working on massive 298mm x 28mm ventilated front discs (up from the 287mm in AUIII guise), the system also includes a single-piston calliper with solid 303mm x 16mm disc at rear (up from 287mm).

Similar in configuration to both Commodore and the new Camry's braking system, Barra's new brakes also feature larger pads of a new friction material, plus a higher capacity vacuum booster and master cylinder assembly.

The result is vastly improved pedal feel and bite, plus shorter outright stopping distances and - according to PBR following testing at its Anglesea test facility, Ford's You Yangs proving ground and even the Arctic Circle - longer pad and disc life.

Finally, there's a lighter weight version of PBR's patented single-shoe Banskia parking brake, while brake-force distribution and a three-channel ABS system is also standard, superseded by a four-channel system when traction control is optioned.

Did you know?

All BA Falcon sedans are electronically speed limited to 200km/h, except XR6 Turbo and XR8 which are limited to 230kmh. All BA Falcon wagons are limited to 180km/h

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