purchased the car about five years ago in a road/sprint specification
with a 1700cc Ford cross flow engine. I decided to also take up sprint
and hill climbing in the car and really enjoyed it and soon got the
bug to want to go a bit quicker. I started to find out other possible
engines I could use up to 1700cc as the class I was competing in only
allowed this engine size. During my research I came across SBD and there
1600 cc Vauxhall unit which they had developed and had a very wide range
of parts and kits available for this engine which sounded like the ideal
choice. After a few phone calls to Steve, a second hand engine was bought
from a local breakers and the work started. I chose the SBD 185 kit
along with a dry sump oil system which all arrived a couple of days
Nigel Keats from Cougar Engineering would be the man to build and install
the new engine for me over the winter so it would be ready for the 2003
season ahead. Everything fitted and worked with no trouble at all and
the new engine was finally ready to be fired up for the first time.
It sounded amazing with a lovely induction bark coming from the Tapered
and engine then completed two trouble free seasons with just an oil
change and I finished second in class in both of the championships that
I competed in.
started to talk to talk to Steve again about the next step to take to
upgrade my engine. He suggested building up the bottom end with some
steel rods, oversized forged pistons, and some hi flow injectors which
would make it produce more power and torque. And it did, I couldn't
believe the difference, especially with another 1000 revs to play with
it felt so strong all through the rev range still pulling hard at 8500
another great season this time finishing first in class 2a and fourth
overall in the Midland Speed Championship.
like to thank Steve and the rest of the SBD team who have all helped
me over the last few years with advice and technical support and also
providing me with a brilliant, reliable and very quick engine.