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.....So with the Tar.Ox brakes and pads fitted, do they live up their claims? The answer is a resounding yes. The difference between these and the standard items is remarkable. To check for brake fade we did a number of high speed runs braking from about 65mph. Each time the car pulled up smoothly and progressively. The pedal pressure remained the same and there was no brake fade.
The Tar.Ox brakes are available for most cars but for optimum results the discs and pads must always be used together. A couple of people we've spoken to recently have asked whether Tar.Ox discs can be used with pads fom other manufacturers. It is possible for other pads to be used but as they haven't specifically been designed to work with the Tar.Ox discs then it's not advisable, Barry Waterhouse at Italtune will tell you that pads like Mintex's M171 pads will actually damage the surface of the disc.
Well that's the braking sorted out, so what about the rolling road tests? The Fiesta did make it onto the rolling road at Autotechnique in Luton. We're not going to go into detail at this stage about the results except to say we were disappointed and a re-think is going to be needed. All will be revealed at a later date.
So that's it for this month, many thanks to Barry Waterhouse at Italtune and everyone at Autotechnique.
Next month, well we're not going to make any promises for next month, but you can certainly expect to see some suspension mods. As for the engine....
Tar.Ox, Italtune, Unit 19, SamuelJones Industrial Estate, Peckham Grove, London, SE15 6ES. Tel: 01-703 0295 or 01- 703 3982.
Autotechnique Rolling Road, Unit c, Kingsway Industrial Estate, Luton. Tel: (0582) 414000.
Top-Right - Tar.Ox discs and pads, note bottom middle 'spiked' disc, ventilated cross drilled and pegged with copper for homogenised heat dispersion
Bottom-Left - Sachs Shockers will be fitted soon.
Bottom-Right - Tar.Ox disc and pad have brought us to an impressive halt.