1 October 2013
Feature

The Mazda MX-5 is one of our favourite affordable sports cars, but compared with the current crop of high-performance cars, it is beginning to feel a little outgunned. With that in mind, Northampton-based BBR has developed a turbo kit boosting power to 285bhp - slightly more than the Ford Focus ST. Mark Tisshaw takes the BBR-tuned MX-5 and the Ford Focus ST to Cadwell Park to see if the Mazda's extra grunt can overhaul the brawny Ford.

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1 October 2013

that a breathed on and fettled roadster could scurry away from an off the shelf ford.

What a revelation Autocar.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

1 October 2013

Not really a surprise was it?

Peter Cavellini.

1 October 2013

It wasnt an off the shelf Focus ST though it was a 275bhp tuned Mountune model.
But was still obvious result as the power to weight difference was huge.
Probably fairer to use the BBR 249 version.

1 October 2013

And the shorts are a bit suspect, too.

1 October 2013

BTW, for non-Brits 'beano' means jolly or fun time. Agree about the shorts too, probably only Chris Harris could pull that look off. Steve Sutcliffe often wears them too. What next, Speedos?

1 October 2013

Fairly obvious a rwd roadster would be better at putting the power down than a fwd hatchback.

1 October 2013

Is anybody on here actually bothered what the performance differences are between these two completely different types of modified vehicle?
Surely this piece should be on the Max Power website, not Autocar.

2 October 2013

Is there anything to say Autocar should not be about used tuned vehicles and their performance? It would be a stronger market allocation combined with existing content.

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