Ford Falcon (EB)

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Ford EB Falcon
1992-1993 Ford EB II Fairmont sedan 03.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Also called Ford EB Fairmont
Production August 1991 - August 1993
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door wagon
Layout FR layout
Related Ford NC Fairlane
Ford DC LTD
Powertrain
Engine 3.9 L I6
4.0 L I6
5.0 L Windsor V8
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Chronology
Predecessor Ford EA Falcon
Successor Ford ED Falcon

The Ford EB Falcon is a car which was produced by the Ford Motor Company of Australia between 1991 and 1993. It replaced the Ford EA Falcon which had been in production since 1988.

Introduction and changes[edit]

Visually the 1991 EB remained nearly identical to its predecessor. The most noticeable change was the transfer of the Ford emblem from the tip of the bonnet to the grille. Additionally the air vents in C-pillars had been abolished, and reversing lamps were featured on either side of the rear number plate.[1] The return of the V8 engine was welcomed by the motoring press; however, the 5.0-litre Windsor unit did not reappear in the Falcon utility variants until the XH series of 1997. With the return of the V8, a new model appeared in the S-XR8. There were also changes to the front suspension geometry, giving the EB a much better level of grip and steering feel.[1]

Falcon (EB) Series I

Note: GL and Fairmont available with either 3.9 I6 or 5.0 V8. S only available with 3.9, S-XR8 5.0l only.

  • GL
  • Fairmont
  • Fairmont Ghia
  • S
  • S-XR8



Series II[edit]

The radically different Series II model, appearing in showrooms in April 1992, saw the six-cylinder engine upsized by 35 cubic centimetres (from 3949 cc to 3984 cc). This brought the nominal total swept capacity to 4.0 litres.[1] The transmission and electronics were also improved, and there were tweaks to the styling. The base model now had body-coloured bumpers, and the previously matte black plastic exterior door handles were now given a glossy finish. The update reportedly cost A$1 million.[1]

Innovation became an evident strength in the EBII: anti-lock brakes became an option, a Falcon first, and in 1993, a lap sash centre rear seatbelt became standard.[1] The EB also introduced the "Smartlock" security locking system. South Australian Police revealed the operational success of "Smartlock", by inviting four professional car thieves to steal either a VN Calais or an EB specified with the locking system. The successful theft of the motor vehicle meant the thief could keep the vehicle indefinitely. The thieves made off with the VN in under 60 seconds, after walking right past the EB. Therefore the EB was classified unstealable. [1] Foam-filled A-pillars also featured, which greatly increased crush protection and stiffened the frame, thus helping to reduce Noise, Vibration, and Harshness.[1]

The rarest model was the SS, with just six produced. Built to be successful under Group 3E Series Production Cars, five were absorbed immediately into production car racing. The forthcoming Tickford enhanced S-XR6 replaced the role of the SS.

Production of the EB Falcon range totalled 36,374 with 84,847 examples of the EBII being produced.[1] The EBII was replaced by the Ford ED Falcon in August 1993.

Tickford involvement, Return of the Falcon GT[edit]

The EB Series II saw the first models from the joint venture between Ford and Tickford Vehicle Engineering (TVE). A new model was introduced, the S-XR6, featuring Tickford enhancements to the engine and suspension. Similarly, the S-XR8 was improved over the existing Series I S-XR8.[2] Tickford Vehicle Engineering re-introduced the sports orientated 25th anniversary EB Falcon GT specification level, an exclusive 250 unit run celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first original Falcon GT.[3]


Falcon (EB) Series II

Note: GLi and Fairmont available with either 4.0L I6 or 5.0L V8. S and S-XR6 only available with 4.0, S-XR8 5.0 only.

  • GLi
  • Fairmont
  • Fairmont Ghia
  • S
  • S-XR6
  • S-XR8
  • GT


Motorsport[edit]

The Falcon (EB) SS was raced in the 1993 Australian Production Car Championship, with Mal Rose claiming a Championship win, after finishing 1st 4 times out of 6 rounds. The Group A 5.0 Litre Touring Car specification EB falcon saw impressive success in the 1993 Australian Touring Car Championship, the first season run under the new Group A rules, winning 7 out of 9 rounds. Glenn Seton Racing carried the bulk of success, with drivers Glenn Seton and Alan Jones finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. The Dick Johnson Racing Falcon's driven by John Bowe and Dick Johnson managed to score 3rd and 5th.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "EB Falcon (1991 - 1993)". Falcon Facts. Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2007-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Ford Falcon EB". Unique Cars and Parts. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  3. ^ Warner, Gary. "Falcon GT - style and substance (if you can find one)". FastLane. Retrieved 2007-09-18.