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Gramatically correct http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/brake_12
Although I have never heard it being said.
To say 'I brake the car' is very wrong English regardless of whether somebody says it or not. When a native speaker or someone who's very well conversant with English hears that sentence, the first thing that will come in their mind is that 'you smashed the car onto something' and thus was broken (past participle of break) not that it was slowed down. 'Brake' is usually used as a noun and thus the sentence 'I applied some brakes' makes a lot more sense.
True, brake is usually used as a noun, however it is also a verb even though not often used. Therefore, even though it sounds awkward to a native speaker, to brake the car is technically not wrong. Update: I just read a comment about brake being intransitive, and therefore not to be used with a direct object. I must admit, I hadn't thought of that. However, when I looked up brake on Internet dictionaries, I did find some that list it as both a transitive and an intransitive verb. One even gave the example "He brakes the car. " I'm finding that there are an awful lot of "official" opinions on any given matter in English.
I've heard 'brake' used as a verb, but I'm confident I've never heard "I brake the car" as a sentence by a native speaker. More like "You should brake as you approach the red light so that you don't stop too hard." I feel like there's actually a slight difference in the intended meaning. "Brake" means to press the brake pedal. It should make the car slow down, but there's the sense that the mechanism is what slows the car, if that makes sense.