2016 Ford Falcon Sprint gets Pirelli P-Zero tyres to improve stopping distances
Ford has announced its limited-edition Falcon Sprint models will be fitted with Pirelli P-Zero rubber that improve braking distances…
FORD HAS announced the limited-edition Falcon Sprint which will be released in May will be fitted with Pirelli P-Zero rubber, while the suspension for both turbocharged and V8 variants has been tweaked to improve ride and handling. But, the “special rubber” they’ll be fitted with is claimed to be able to reduce braking distances… but Ford didn’t say by how much. So we asked.
Ford said, “The Product Development team, working with Pirelli Tyres, has managed to introduce the high-performance P-Zero tyre to match the vehicles’ dynamic capability, which not only improves handling but also reduces braking distances”.
“Customers will certainly notice the difference,” according to Vehicle Line Director of Falcon and Territory, David Wilkinson. “All Fords are renowned for their dynamic DNA – from steering to ride and handling – and with the XR Sprint series our enthusiast customers will experience a number of improvements first-hand. The ride and steering response has improved and the cars feel more agile and can easily be adjusted mid-corner.”
As well, the new performance Brembo brake package has been confirmed as a premium six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) setup in a “unique” gold colour.
But, back to the stopping distance. The new tyres, Ford told Practical Motoring reduce stopping distances by an impressive three metres. We asked at what speed that was but we haven’t heard back; we suspect it’s at 100km/h.