We’re here today at Cadwell Park looking at
cheap, fast, fun. And to help us we brought along this Mazda MX-5 and this Ford Focus
ST. Now this ST has the new Mountune package, which brings extra power and performance which
should be enough to see off the MX-5 around Cadwell. Let’s find out.
Now that’s not just any Mazda MX-5, there is a catch. That is the work of turbocharged
MX-5 specialist BBR based in Brackley. And it’s they’ve turned the wick up on it. It’s a 275bhp,
which matches the power of this Focus with the Focus being 200, 300 kilos heavier, it’s
just getting away on the straights as you can see. And we can’t quite live with him
yet. Let’s put some heat on the tyres and hopefully we can catch up again.
BBR has been trying for a long while to do a turbocharged version of the 3rd generation
Mazda MX-5. It’s only made supercharged ones to date but they finally found a way of bending the manifold and putting the turbo in there and that’s just the stage 1. There’s a stage
2 version coming with 320bhp. You see it bouncing around, I’m hoping there’s
been any suspension changes to the BBR MX-5. He’s oversteering there whereas I’m understeering.
I think he’s just getting more, he can get the power down quicker out of the corners.
It should be a bit sideways here, trying to catch that, and just slide it in, we gotta
have a bit more finesse with this big, brutish Focus ST. He can carry a lot more cornering
speed as well. By all accounts, that MX-5 is now a bit lively.
But he still has to brake for Coppice, the first left, whereas in the Focus you can just lift off
and turn it in at about 110 at the apex speed. But you can catch him generally through the
corners, he’s just coming out. He can just get his power down so much quicker. Again
catching him through the corners. He has to, I can steer it a bit more on the throttle than him. It’s quite lively and we’ve caught up with
him again. He’s just understeering and he can just away so much quicker. You can see
there. And with more slow corners to come. That’s not just any Mazda MX-5. Over the hill, that,
get the traction there. It wouldn’t stand a prayer against that 320bhp stage 2 version
when it comes. That one will set you back about £30,000, the Stage 1.
If I could just catch him here, way more cornering speed, you see that. And then here, even more.
He has to be much firmer on the brakes so I’m right over him now. But then down here
sideways, he’s just way faster. He’s just showing off now. He’s won the race. Well there
you have it, Mazda MX-5 beats Focus ST. Not just any Mazda MX-5.