Top of the stops - Braking test - specifications

 HOW WE DID IT
Brake testing is a complicated business – tyre pressure and condition, the road surface, weather and driver skill all have an effect. To ensure consistent results, our figuring took place in dry conditions, and with two people on board. To set a benchmark, each car recorded standard straight-line emergency stops from 60mph and 70mph.
One of the biggest advantages of anti-lock brake systems (ABS) is that you can steer while slowing. So to really put our cars to the test, we included an emergency lane change while stopping from 70mph.
Braking commenced at an entry gate, while an obstacle wall was placed two car lengths ahead. The aim of the exercise is to steer around the wall and return to the original lane, as well as coming to a complete halt.
This test sounds extreme, but it replicates an emergency motorway manoeuvre. It demonstrates braking performance, a car’s stability, body control, mechanical grip and steering response.

Most Popular

New 2021 Volkswagen Transporter T7 van teased
New 2021 Volkswagen Transporter T7 van teased
Volkswagen Transporter

New 2021 Volkswagen Transporter T7 van teased

Next-generation Volkswagen Transporter T7 will break cover later this year with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain
14 Apr 2021
'Nissan has been quietly building an advantage over electric car rivals'
Opinion Nissan EV
Nissan

'Nissan has been quietly building an advantage over electric car rivals'

Steve Fowler thinks Nissan is in a great position to build on the Leaf's success
8 Apr 2021
New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron revealed with sleek Sportback option
Audi Q4 e-tron - front
Audi Q4 e-tron

New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron revealed with sleek Sportback option

Three powertrains revealed for Audi’s Q4 e-tron small electric SUV, including a 295bhp quattro option
14 Apr 2021