We say ‘new’, but the company in question is Melbourne-based Premcar - which was established by Prodrive.
Premcar is more than qualified to offer this service to Falcon owners, Prodrive having had a hand in the design and development of many of Ford’s performance models as part of a joint venture agreement (established 1992).
And now, Premcar has stepped into the breach to fill the FPV void by developing a hi-po ‘turn-key’ package called the Premcar Turbo for turbocharged six-cylinder Falcon models.
Using ex-police Falcon XR6 Turbos, Premcar opens the power tap to around 320kW and 700Nm, compared to a standard XR6 Turbo’s 270kW/533Nm.
The cars arrive with around 80,000km already on the clock, but are thoroughly checked before they undergo the Premcar treatment.
Diff bushes and rear drive-shafts (traditional weak points in some Falcon independent rear ends) are renewed, and new fuel injectors, a new exhaust and a new intake system are added to the standard package.
Premcar fits a larger transmission oil cooler for automatic transmissions, and tweaks the boost from the turbocharger. A coilover suspension package from Shockworks is also fitted.
The standard four-piston Falcon XR6 Turbo police brakes are retained, but get the same upgraded brake pads that the police use, and the package is finished with new 19-inch alloy wheels.
Compared to the $45,190 plus on-roads asking price for a new Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo with six-speed auto, Premcar’s ex-police models with the go-fast bits are around $35-40,000 (which includes the car).
Three have been built so far, and all have been sold.
For those seeking a track-only weapon, Premcar can fit roll-cages, tow hooks, racing harnesses and seats, bonnet latches, fire extinguishers and ignition kill switches.
Speaking with TMR, Premcar’s Bernie Quinn said the Premcar Turbo is the company’s entry into the car market as it looks to expand its portfolio beyond engineering services.
If the Premcar Turbo proves successful, Mr Quinn said the company could offer packages for other models as well, and has already considered the incoming Ford Mustang for future attention.
“Yes, we have discussed [the Mustang], it makes sense,” Mr Quinn said.
So can Premcar replace FPV in the eyes of Ford fans?
“Definitely - I believe that is the case for a certain section of Ford and FPV fans,” Mr Quinn said.
“We continue to do a lot of engineering work for Ford, and we have a strong connection from the Tickford and FPV days that continues today. For example, we were heavily involved in the development of the GT F, which happened after the joint venture between Ford and Prodrive was dissolved.”
“I think that lends us credibility, as well as a good understanding of the vehicles themselves. I truly believe that many owners of high performance Tickfords, Fords and FPVs appreciate what we brought to their vehicles. I think that many of them would like to see the same treatment applied to their imported Ford, especially when locally produced Ford vehicles are no longer available.”
Premcar also has an office based in China - which is a major focus for the company - and business development networks across Australia, Europe and India.
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