Defence and Security Applications High on the Target List
UK-based brake specialist Alcon Components has launched a new brake upgrade kit for the Ford F550, to support the performance off-road, specialist, armoured and defence vehicle sectors, the company announced on 20 January.
The 6-piston caliper and pad kit is compatible with the stock OEM actuation and stability control system, so is easy to fit but has been fully ruggedised to ensure extreme levels of robustness and performance are balanced with the requirement to keep weight to a minimum.
The new Alcon F550 kit offers multiple advantages for serious off-road use. Cast iron housings allow the calipers to be fitted in many standard wheels, where aluminium calipers will not fit, allowing large specialist off-road tyres to be used. The calipers are extremely stiff, giving improved pedal feel and the additional brake torque available reduces the increased brake efforts required when the vehicle is fitted with specialist tyres, with larger than standard rolling radii. Additionally, the sealing technology and dirt protection leverages the same concept as used on Alcon’s off-road motorsport product – a proven WRC Championship winner. All calipers sold for serious off-road use will be plated and painted for optimum corrosion protection.
When optimised for specialist, armoured and defence vehicle use, the Alcon F550 kit offers improved brake torque, allowing the vehicles to be armoured or modified to greater gross vehicle weights (GVW). Reduced brake fade and enhanced corrosion protection combine with discrete styling to avoid attention being drawn to the fact the vehicle has been armoured or modified. In addition, the secure design, with bleed screws only on the inboard side, makes them less likely to be tampered with. The materials and technology used are common with products already sold by Alcon to major defence vehicle and axle manufacturers, now in use on a range vehicles by security services and armed forces across the world.
In addition to the F550 kit, Alcon brake kits are available for a wide range of other SUVs, – the armoured and specialist variants of which feature significantly increased GVW – often by over 30%. Alcon is able to offer a ready-made solution for the essential brake upgrade required to accompany armoured modifications and other applications in which stock braking systems become challenged.
Jonathan Edwards, Group Sales Director at Alcon, commented “We are offering proven and reliable brake performance enhancements to those wanting to seriously operate the vehicle off-road, in specialist roles or in the security and defence sectors, where the F550 base automotive elements are often used in up-armoured and bespoke military vehicle designs.”