Broughton started SBD Motorsport in 1992, after working for British
Aerospace and rallying in his spare time. At first it was a struggle.
However, as the performance of his engines on the rally circuit impressed,
SBD began to take off becoming one of the leading specialists in Club
Steve built and tuned Vauxhall engines, but recently he has expanded
to include the Ford Duratec and Suzuki Hayabusa. The engines are used
for all types of motorsport, including sprinting, hillclimbs. and
only five members of staff, there's still the close-knit workshop
feel that belies the scale on which SBD operates. Customers include
both retail and trade, and over the years the export side has expanded
favourite part of the job is developing new areas, such as superchargers,
new taper throttle kits, electronics. Although the development costs
have to be controlled, so it doesn't become too expensive for the
customer. "The main aim is to make everything affordable for
the customer," says Steve. "I'm not into making everything
bespoke as I want the customer to be able to buy off the shelf. However,
reliability has to be first. "
heavily involved in club motorsport, both as sponsors and competitors.
All of their development work - both electronics and hardware - is
tested in race conditions. This continuous testing filters down into
every kit SBD sell, meaning that the customer can be sure they're
getting race-tested kits, suitable for racing or the often harsher
demands of regular track days. Another benefit of club racing involvement
is that all of their claims are on show for people to see, along with
the results. The downside is the 'oops' factor, which happens occasionally,
but then it's back to the drawing board! Of course, getting to race
frequently is a bonus that the whole team enjoy.
brain behind SBD engines is the MBE Management systems, which SBD
has developed alongside MBE to include such features as traction control,
launch control, and closed loop programming. The MBE systems can be
used on any engines and over the years Steve has programmed engines
ranging from Ferrari F40 to Porsche Turbo, have even supplied a system
for a rotary engine microlight that flew over Mount Everest!
long association with Westfield began in 1992, when he built an engine
for Christian Silk's Westfield to be used on the hillclimbs. This
market proved very interesting, leading to SBD's first Westfield in
1995. There have been various Westfields over the years, competing
in both hillclimbs and sprints. All have been used to develop both
electronics and engine kits, although the supercharger kit is being
tested on the SBD OMS, the drives have been produced for a Westfield.
year, the intention is to use the same electronics from the OMS on
to the current Westfield including the paddle gear change. Matt Hillam
is driving the S2000 SBD Westfield in the 2009 Westfield Speed Series
and we wish him every success.