Mazda unveiled today the all-new MX-5 GT, a new car that will challenge cars such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Lotus, and BMW on the race track in the Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship 2011. So what is so special about this car? Well, first of all we have to tell you that the Mazda MX-5 GT has a total weight of just 850 kg.
Due to this, the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3 seconds and has a top speed of 160 mph (some impressive specs if we look at the Lamborghini Aventador, that it is able to hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in 2.9 seconds).
According to Mazda, the vehicle is the lightest and most powerful MX-5 ever built, and as expected it delivers the same great handling and has the ability to challenge bigger more powerful competition.
The Mazda MX-5 GT was built by Jota Sport, which examined every nut and bolt to reduce component weight. Moreover, Jota Sport also built the new shell that it is 17 times stronger than required by the FIA. Under the hood, the modified engine delivers 275bhp and it is mated to a six speed sequential paddle shift gearbox. In order to reduce the weight even more, the car features carbon doors and Polycarbonate windows.
Mazda is a company with a strong reputation for innovation, and thus it is no wonder why they began to develop the MX-5 GT car. This development process coincides with Mazda’s recognition of the achievements of the MX-5 line such as the celebration of its 21st anniversary. The company also pointed out that 900,000 units have been delivered worldwide since its 1989 unveiling, with more than 90,000 of these units from the UK. The Mazda MX-5 also remains as the Guinness World Record holder for most successful selling roadster. It remains one of the most sought-after open-top sports car in the UK.
The Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship is a nine-race circuit scheduled between March and November, with one being at Belgium\s Spa Francorchamps track. Silverstone is the site of the first race: a three-hour endurance test. It is set to start at 3:00 pm on Saturday, the 26th of March 2011.
Mazda has decided to participate in the Britcar, only its fourth time ever. The MX-5 GT will be racing for this company this year. The racing drivers will be veteran Mazda works racer Mark Ticehurst, 39, of Hassocks, West Sussex and Owen Mildenhall, a journalist for Auto Express.
Graeme Fudge, Mazda UK’s PR Director says the power, notable reliability and agile drivability of the MX-5 production race car that were shown in the past year prove that the MX-5 can compete against even the specially-built BMW, Lotus and VW race cars. He announces that the MX-5 GT race car now has more power and when this is combined with the MX-5’s reputation of durability, reliability and handling, it will be able to strongly compete against even race cars that have bigger power outputs.
The Mazda MX-5 GT car is built by Jota Sport in Tunbridge Wells. All safety features pass FIA safety standards including race seats, harness, steering wheel, roll cage, bonnet and boot lid safety catches, external electric cut-off, fire extinguisher and alloy wheels. Improvements to the engine, running gear, gearbox and rear axle have been made to increase racing capabilities.