originated in 1983 to run the Mitsubishi UK works RAC Touring
Car team. The founding partners
of the company are life time pals David Brodie and Ken Brittain.
Dave Brodie has competed in over 700 races world wide and
Ken Brittain has a lifetime of race engineering and development
experience, together they form a formidable partnership.
The racing development
of the Mitsubishi Starion was ground breaking as race turbo
charging in Europe was in its infancy. Our job was to electronically
manage the 2 litre fuel injected engine.
During this period, the
team developed its own car-to-pit telemetry system (even
F1 didn't have this ability) which was shown on BBC's global
When Mitsubishi pulled
out of racing in 1986, the team decided to put their hard
won circuit knowledge to good use by marketing a world-wide
range of conversions for Mitsubishi vehicles. These ranged
from electronic and re-boost modifications for the production
turbo vehicles right up to the Shogun Turbo kit, creating
the mighty Mogul 240 Shogun, an off-roader with a performance
better than most contemporary 'sports' cars! Over 400 of
these vehicles were built and they are still sought after
today. Later versions of the turbo kit were fitted to the
V6 models and the technology was also applied to the Isuzu
In 1985 came the mighty
road going Ford Sierra Cosworth and RS500 we developed
these 2 ltr turbo charged engines to a staggering 565 BHP.
Even today we still have a huge number of these amazing
cars on the roads of England and Europe. In 1988 the Cosworth
running gear and engine was transplanted into a new range
of Cosworth sapphires both 2 & 4 wheel drive.
The most memorable 2wd
now resides in Malaysia as pride of a member of the royal
families fleet. This car hit 186 MPH at which speed the
doors try to open making an horrendous noise! but we doubt
our respected Malaysian client would achieve this speed
on the jungle roads.
Then the most memorable
4wd with 500 BHP hit 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds 100 MPH in 7.2
seconds, 130 MPH in 11 seconds dead and hit 129 MPH from
a standing quarter mile! Sitting inside this missile was
not for the faint hearted.
Our RS500 race car won
many races during 1989-91 on English circuits, the engine
gave 565 BHP with an amazing 470 lbs/ft of torque. These
were quite the most spectacular saloon cars to watch and
took a special ability to drive to their full potential.
For instances Dave Brodie in 1989 went from Complex to Chicane
flat at Thruxton race circuit to achieve a lap time that
took five years to beat!
After nine years under
a dust cover we race-preped the 1989 RS500 and took it to
a open saloon event at Germanys notorious Hockenheim circuit.
The RS500 was clocked at over 170 MPH between chicanes,
running third in the first race and second in the second
race, it showed up every modern day touring car. Brodie
quoted "It felt like I'd never been out off the RS500".
The replacement 2 litre
formula for Touring Cars (still in use today) also brought
new opportunities. We built the world’s first 2 litre 4
wheel drive Touring Car (a long time before Audi). Everything
was BBR on this car; we built the shell, designed
and cast new suspension units, designing and making all
new engine components - including an all magnesium throttle
slide assembly - plus all the electronics. The engine management
system was also designed and built by us and incorporated
data logging at a time when only F1 had such things. The
car had no instruments; drivers never look at them so what's
the point? - it had a warning display for the driver who
also had warning lights built into his helmet. All he had
to do was look straight ahead and drive, we collected all
data in the pits for processing.
When it comes too race
cars and race engines we all come alive at BBR, so
if you're contemplating anything to do with motor racing