|After being banned from the road going class in 1995, the modifications we carried out through the year on the road going Westfield were really only small adjustments so we could do to get the best out of the car. So for the 1996 season we had Westfield build us a lightweight race chassis & leave a few bits of the chassis itself for us to finish off.
We then set about designing a new engine with more torque & horsepower than the 1995 season - 2.0L XE, 270bhp with SBD Taper throttle bodies, steel rods, Omega pistons, steel crankshaft - evolved from previous year, MBE970 with launch control.
We lightened as many components as possible for the new car & Steve even designed some improvements to the front suspension with the help of Richard Jenvey from Jenvey Dynamics. They were only small changes but would have a significant improvement to the front end grip of the car. A friend of Steve's, John Schnieder loaned him his 4-speed Quaife dog gearbox as he had been having problems with the synchromesh gearbox.
The wheels were changed from 15" to 13" diameter because of a wider choice of tyre compounds & the reduction in weight. When the car was finally finished, they went off to test the new car seemed far more nimble & definitely quicker than the old car.