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SBD 2.0L XE Westfield - Sports Libre
1996
 
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.

SBD Westfield 1996
 
Events 1996
Gurston Down 20.4.96 1st in Class - 34.49s
Curborough 4.5.96 1st in Class - 32.38s, 2nd Overall. Speedscene reports: 'Steve Broughton driving with his usual panache, was first in Class G. At 109mph, the SBD Westfield-Vauxhall was not only fastest through the finish speed trap, but Steve's 32.38s run was beaten only by FTD man John Payne single seater Lant'
Goodwood 25.5.96 1st in Class - 85.44s, 2nd Overall. Speedscene reports: 'An outstanding time by Steve Broughton in Class F, SBD Westfield, first in a four car group on 85.44, can be seen in it's true glory as second quickest of the day.
Pembrey 8.6.96 1st in Sports Libre Class - 82.92s. Speedscene reports: 'With the three top 2-litre Sports Libres all at run off pace, Steve Broughton's effective SBD Westfield-Vauxhall swept all before it'
Valence 6.7.96 1st in Class - 31.11s
Castle Combe 13.7.96 FTD - 56.99s. Speedscene reports: 'With it's F1 style skirts, splitters and rear underbody appendages, Steve Broughton's SBD Westfield lorded it over the pure racing cars to take FTD at Bristol MC & LCC's 'Combe round of the CCC/BARC/HSA Speed Championship'
Raynham 21.7.95 Dick - 1st in Class - 107.95s
Goodwood 1.9.96 1st in Class - 86.10s
Brighton Speed Trials 14.9.96 1st in Class, Steve - 11.23s, 125mph; Brighton & Hove Handicap Cup winner, Dick - 11.57s 122mph
Curborough 5.10.96 1st in Class - 31.21s & fastest finish 109mph
 
Steve Broughton at Gurston Down 1996 Picture left is Steve at Gurston Down 1996.

CCC feature the Westfield in the July 1996 issue.

 
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