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Al­ways pleased to see fresh tal­ent en­ter­ing the MX-5 tun­ing world, es­pe­cially when their prod­ucts are as beau­ti­fully made as those from Dave­fab. The Dave part of the com­pany name ref­er­ences its two founders, Dave Massey and Dave Ni­cholls, while Fab is for fabri­ca­tion.

Started only five months ago, Dave­fab’s cre­ation was in­spired by the 1.8-litre mk1 MX-5 that its founders use as a track toy: with Ni­cholls’ CAD de­sign skills and Massey’s pas­sion for high qual­ity weld­ing, the pair de­cided to up­grade the car’s per­for­mance us­ing com­po­nents they de­vel­oped and fab­ri­cated them­selves. Their view is that with some MX-5 hard­ware, mod­ern de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques al­low enhancements not pre­vi­ously pos­si­ble. And the fruits of their labours were so ad­mired by other en­thu­si­asts, they now sell their parts on­line.

We briefly stopped in at the Dave­fab work­shop and were hugely im­pressed with what we saw – the qual­ity of the weld­ing is su­perb, and a milled alu­minium bil­let col­lec­tor for the stain­less steel ex­haust man­i­fold was a thing of beauty. Dave­fab is in the fi­nal throes of pro­duc­ing its own tur­bocharger kit for the 1.8-litre mk1, us­ing a Borg­warner turbo, Gar­rett in­ter­cooler, Man­ley con­rods, and its own full ex­haust sys­tem. The ex­pec­ta­tion is for 300bhp at the wheels.

We’ll be go­ing back to see Dave­fab once the turbo pack­age is com­pleted and tested.

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