A relatively quiet Wednesday set the scene when over 30 MX-5 enthusiasts descended on Hurlstone Park in Sydney’s inner west for the first SB Auto Tech Night. SB Auto are relative newcomers to the MX5 scene, having only just entered the MX5 Cup racing series, but they have already caused a scene with their turbo MX5 cutting some impressive lap times. Equally impressive is their supercharged version, which has a presence few MX5s can pull off. Sydney’s MX5 club were keen for a sneak peek behind the curtains to try and find out more about their black magic.
The night was cold, but the coffee and cars warmed everyone up. The turnout was impressive; NC cars dominated the numbers, however NAs and NBs still had good showings. Guy Coles’ black beauty ‘Macey’ was a stand out as always, along with with Aden Syrls’ white on white NA.
The focus of the evening was turbo MX5 systems, with the attendees able to ask questions and benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of guest star Stephanie Turner from BEGi.
Stephanie came all the way from Texas USA, home of the BEGi high performance shop. When people think BEGi they often think turbo, however they develop and supply parts for every corner of your car to make it a well balanced weapon. SB Auto can now supply and fit all those tasty BEGI goodies right here in Sydney as the NSW BEGi dealer and preferred installer.
The night also included discussions about suspension, braking and maintenance to ensure a complete overview and balance. SB Auto is already planning more tech nights with a focus on each of these other important areas.
Later on a few lucky punters were treated to a free wheel alignment check, with Stephanie and the SB Auto crew going through various settings to help the owners and attendees get the most out of their vehicles.
Amazing food fueled the banter, with the last of the attendees staying until after 10pm.
The two SB Auto demo cars were on display – and it was easy to tell the quality from both BEGi parts and SB Auto workmanship. The cars sparked debate about turbo vs. supercharger, continuing the long asked question ‘which is better?’
The turbo race car is already pulling 1:09.16 around Wakefield Park – pretty impressive on a stock internal 1.6L motor, we can’t wait to see how it performs after Steve from SB Auto uses his 40+ year engine building experience to create a bullet proof machine. We’ll have more on that build later on 😉
The street going supercharged car might not have as much horsepower, but appeals in other ways: its unique grey paintjob, its abundance of carbon fibre parts and the pavement-eating 432nm of torque make this mx5 tough as nails. The fact that it’s fully engineered makes it even better.
We hear whispers a third demo car may enter the fold soon, so stay tuned for more Miata madness.