The MX-5 (or Miata) is known by many for being a near-perfectly balanced vehicle. Its weight distribution and power-to-weight ratio allow drivers to really use all of the car. The MX-5 is practically an automotive Zen statue of balance. That is where tuners come in to throw all that Zen stuff out the window! For years MX-5 owners have looked for ways to add more power without adding too many pounds to the MX-5’s very light weight chassis. One of the easiest ways to do that is with a turbocharger.
While turbo charging the previous generation MX-5’s is commonplace now. There are very few who have dared to bolt a snail onto the current ND chassis roadster. British tuner BBR is now among those few.
They just announced their Stage 1 turbo kit for the MX-5 ND and they’ve proven that their set up allows for the current MX-5 to throw down 248HP and 236ft-lbs of torque to its rear wheels. The kit utilizes a twin-scroll turbocharger, custom exhaust manifold, a stainless steel downpipe, a front mount intercooler, and many more specialized parts to ensure the kit is reliable. To make sure everything is under control the kit also includes a custom Starchip ECUTek RaceRom calibration tune.
The entire set up will go for $5,695 which certainly isn’t cheap. However, BBR has been boosting Miata’s for over 30 years so it is probably safe to assume that they know what they are doing and that they are using quality parts. It should also be noted that BBR started development on this kit back in 2014 before the ND MX-5 launched which means this kit has the benefit of three years of R&D.
Colorado-based MX-5 tuner Flyin’ Miata will be the exclusive U.S.A. distributor for the BBR Turbo kit and currently BBR is still working on getting the kit CARB approved. For more info on the kit check out the launch video and press release below.
BBR MX-5 ND Turbo Kit launch video:
BBR launches stunning Mazda MX-5 / Miata ND Stage 1 turbo upgrade – 248 bhp and 236 lb.ft of torque available
- All-new high performance turbocharger upgrade for MY 2015 onwards 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 ND models (including the latest RF)
- Post conversion, engine produces 248 bhp and 236 lb.ft of torque equating to 234 bhp per ton
- Slashes 0-60mph time to just 5.0 seconds, top speed limited to 155 mph
- Incorporates the latest exclusive twin-scroll turbocharger technology and bespoke BBR cast-iron manifold to maximise response
- OEM Mazda electronic safety features are retained, as well as MOT emissions compliance and standard idle characteristics
- Factory levels of finish, non-engine intrusive and fully reversible
- CARB and TÜV approval under development
- On sale now, with prices starting from £4395.00 excluding VAT
- Available to US customers via exclusive US distributor Flyin’ Miata
Brackley, Northamptonshire, 21st April 2017
Renowned Mazda tuning specialist BBR is proud to announce the launch of its latest development, an all-new ‘Stage 1’ turbocharger upgrade package for the 2.0-litre Mazda MX-5 / Miata ND MY 2015 onwards models that increases power to a stunning 248 bhp at 7150 rpm, allied to an impressive 236 lb.ft of torque at just 3250 rpm.
Cleverly designed to install without intrusive mechanical alterations onto the 1998cc SKYACTIV-G engine, the BBR Stage 1 turbocharger upgrade is specified to enhance driveability as well as outright power. Post conversion over 200 lb.ft of torque is available between 2750 rpm and 6500 rpm, highlighting the upgrade’s user-friendly nature, irrespective of road or track conditions.
Initial performance testing with the turbocharger upgrade indicates a 0-60 mph time slashed from 7.3 seconds to a scorching 5.0, enabling the BBR Stage 1 equipped Mazda MX-5 to humble much more expensive machinery, a consequence of its impressive 233 bhp per ton power to weight ratio. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
BBR has extensive experience of turbocharging MX-5 engines since the late 1980’s and this latest development completes its portfolio of turbo upgrades for four generations of Mazda’s iconic sportscar. However, the marque specialist called upon all of its in-house engineering expertise to develop a forced induction package for the SKYACTIV-G engine, a process that began back in 2014, with early development conducted on a Mazda 3 test vehicle.
The end results of nearly three year’s work is an extensively developed ‘Stage 1’ turbocharger upgrade that is straightforward to install, retains a factory style underbonnet appearance and is fully reversible, yet delivers on BBR’s objectives of producing stunning performance, driveability and reliability, combined with emissions compliance for key sales regions.
One of the key elements of the Stage 1 turbo upgrade is the adoption of a twin-scroll turbocharger, an innovation that was selected after all other options were considered and rejected. BBR’s Neil Mckay explains – ‘Very early on during development it became clear that use of a supercharger, with its high parasitic losses, would work against the Mazda SKYACTIV-G engine’s ultra-efficient ethos. Significant boost levels would be required to deliver considerable power gains with a supercharger, which would be incompatible with the SKYACTIV-G engine’s high compression ratio,’ he continues.
An additional complication, which greatly influenced BBR’s turbocharger selection criteria, is that this latest 1998cc Mazda powerplant features a specifically developed 4-2-1 manifold designed to exploit exhaust scavenging technology. Mazda adopted this technology for the SKYACTIV-G engine to overcome the marginal exhaust restriction of a catalyst close to the cylinder head.
As a consequence, single scroll turbochargers were assessed by BBR but dismissed because their design creates excessive back pressure and inherently lacks any form of exhaust scavenging potential. ‘Therefore, having rejected all other forced induction methods, our extensive dyno and road testing has proven that our choice of a low back pressure twin-scroll turbocharger, with its enhanced exhaust scavenging ability, is the optimal solution. It works harmoniously with the original SKYACTIV-G layout and knock-resistant technologies, as is evident by the impressive power figures achieved at very modest boost pressures,’ Mckay comments.
The twin-scroll unit that BBR has elected to utilize features a bespoke latest generation billet compressor wheel and lightweight, low inertia turbine in a compact internally wastegated assembly. The resulting turbocharger is a highly efficient and responsive forced induction solution, yet retains a large boost upgrade margin for later power stages.
BBR Stage One package technical details:
In detail, this exclusive TSX30-71R twin-scroll turbocharger mounts onto a bespoke BBR designed cast-iron twin-scroll manifold, whilst air charge temperatures are controlled by a front-mounted air to air intercooler, which is easily installed without bodywork alterations.
Similarly, the boost hoses and replacement battery tray are all finished in a factory style black and a high-flow K&N induction system is discretely positioned as befits BBR’s target client base of brand new and nearly new Mazda MX-5 ND owners.
Electronically the Stage 1 turbo upgrade equipped car benefits from BBR’s renowned Starchip / EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package, which includes revised fuel, ignition and boost calibration designed to optimize driveability and performance across the rev range, whilst retaining all Mazda’s OEM fail safes. ‘On the Stage 1 conversion boost is set a conservative 7 psi, which is well within the limits of both the BBR turbocharger and the SKYACTIV-G engine,’ says BBR’s Neil Mckay. ‘With internal upgrades to the Mazda engine we know that considerable more power is available – the BBR technical team is already developing future stages to exploit this.’
BBR Stage One package pricing details:
Available now, the Mazda MX-5 ND Stage 1 turbo package is priced at £4995.00 including ‘drive in, drive out’ installation at BBR’s Brackley premises by its qualified technicians and dyno power graph (A DIY version, including all hardware and software is also available priced at £4395.00).
For complete peace of mind BBR offers 12 to 36 month extendable warranty packages for Stage 1 customers.
Key components of the BBR Stage 1 Mazda MX-5 ND Turbo upgrade include:-
- BBR bespoke twin scroll hybrid TSX30-71R turbocharger including jet turbine specification fixings
- BBR bespoke cast iron twin scroll exhaust manifold
- BBR stainless steel downpipe
- BBR high-flow lightweight front mounted aluminium intercooler with factory look black intake pipes
- BBR high-flow custom silicone turbo pipes in factory look black finish with stainless steel hose clamps and unique black coating
- BBR lightweight aluminium battery tray in factory black finish
- BBR recirculating piston type dump valve in factory black finish
- BBR / Bosch MAP / temperature sensor
- BBR high efficiency carbon fibre turbocharger heat shield
- BBR high flow K&N Typhoon induction kit
- BBR stainless steel oil and water lines
- BBR Starchip EcuTek RaceRom calibration software