Northern Ireland-based Alistair Smyth owns one of the most striking Mk8 Ford Fiesta STs currently on British roads. It boasts a raft of aesthetic and performance-enhancing modifications, such as engine tuning work from Turbo Technics and Collins Performance, KW V3 coilovers and a full Milltek Sport exhaust system.
One of the more recent items on Alistair’s to-do list was to enhance the car’s braking system that’s tucked away under those impressive OZ Racing alloy wheels, with the proud owner quickly opting for EBC Brakes Racing’s Apollo Balanced Big Brake kit after hearing good things about this product from the Ford community.
As its name suggests, the Apollo Balanced Big Brake Kit not only supplies EBC’s stunning Apollo-series four-piston calipers, two-piece floating discs and high-performance pads for the front axle, but also includes the components required to fully upgrade the rear axle, providing a ‘balanced’ improvement across the entire vehicle.
The kit not only improves stopping power but also sheds unsprung weight, further assisting with Alistair’s spirited driving activities.
Alistair explains below in his own words his experiences with the kit so far.
“Right from the outset when I ordered the brake kit, I found EBC very professional in their approach. The kit arrived quickly and I was very impressed at the packaging and the build quality.
“My local tuning company, Autotune Ballymena, installed the brakes in about five hours but that also included rear discs. The brakes are exceptional and a huge difference over standard. Huge stopping power with a linear progression on the pedal. I do not track the car but would expect a huge difference in brake fade or lack of it if I did.
“Superb performance coupled with fantastic appearance, reliability and great customer service. A hard package to beat.”