Acceleration and top speed tests are among the most popular topics among automotive enthusiasts. Even for a regular person who is interesting in buying a car, the top speed and acceleration figures matter to some extent. However, most people miss out on another important aspect which is essential for safety. We are talking about stopping power or braking prowess of the car. How much distance a car takes to stop from the point of brake application is something that needs to be understood for driving safely. Our own Bunny Punia demonstrates the same in a Tata Harrier. Watch the video below to know about how much distance a regular SUV actually covers before coming to a stop.
Those are some interesting outcomes, to say the least. In the brake test video above, a total of four speeds were taken for the brake test. The first test was at a speed of 60 km/h, second at 80 km/h, third at 100 km/h and the last at 110km/h. For the test, the Tata Harrier was driven at the specified speed and the brakes were applied at a particular point, where the first cone is placed. In the 60-0 km/h test, the Harrier stops at a considerable distance from the first cone. Note that this video is not about the Harrier’s braking capabilities but rather to let you know about the average distance covered by a regular SUV at different speeds when full brakes are applied.
Increasing the speed to 80 km/h, we see the distance increase by a substantial margin. Moreover, when the braking test is done at 100 km/h and 110 km/h, the distance is far from safe to say the least. The video demonstrates that if in the case of an emergency a person applies full brakes at a speed of 100 km/h, the car will still cover a substantial distance before finally coming to a stop. A car carries a lot of momentum at high speeds and therefore no matter how good the brakes are, the 100-0 km/h braking distance is still enough to crash a vehicle if another vehicle is close to it.
Talking about the SUV used in the video, the Tata Harrier is powered by a 2.0-litre Fiat-derived KRYOTEC diesel engine which also does the duty on the Jeep Compass, albeit in a different state of tune. The diesel mill on the Harrier churns out a maximum power figure of 138 Bhp along with a maximum torque of 350 Nm. As of now, the company only offers a six-speed manual gearbox with the car but will launch a Hyundai sourced automatic transmission soon. The same engine will also be used on the upcoming 7 seater Tata Cassini, albeit in a higher state of tune.
This video demonstrates the reality of emergency braking. As already mentioned, the time taken for the vehicle to come to halt may be only a few seconds but the distance covered is quite a lot. Therefore, always maintain a safe distance from the car up front and drive below the speed limits. Also, pay full attention to the road ahead of you, especially when driving in the city. Even a slight mistake on your part can result in massive casualties. Therefore, we urge our readers to always follow the traffic rules and drive safely.