At the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 28 to July 1, Mazda’s MX-5 GT Concept will make its debut. The road-legal 205bhp concept vehicle will be shown on Mazda’s stand throughout the festival. It will run in the ‘First Glance’ category during the hillclimb. Mazda took inspiration from its MX-5 GT race programme, a proven podium winner.
By showing this concept off at Goodwood, Mazda hopes to gauge how customers would react to the high-performing version of the sportscar. The MX-5 GT Concept was made by race specialists at Jota Sport. It delivers 205bhp from a normally aspirated 2.0-litre Mazda petrol engine, which is partnered to the manual gearbox available as standard. The suspension was upgraded to make handling better. It could also be adjusted for various track conditions.
Aerodynamics is improved due to a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler. The exhaust note was improved with a sports exhaust system that has a central tailpipe. The driver is more stable with Recaro seats. Its interior comes with several carbon improvements that aid in reducing weight.
If the car would be used for track use, customers can ask for road slicks and body-coloured roll hoops at the back of the seats. Mazda’s stand will also feature the Mazda Takeri sedan concept, which previews the design direction of the upcoming Mazda6, together with the newly launched all-new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV.
This is the first car to use Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, improving fuel economy and lessening CO2 emissions without being an obstacle to pleasurable driving. Furthermore, Mazda will enter only its quickest and most powerful MX-5 to join the Goodwood hillclimb. The Jota Sport Mazda MX-5 GT4 is sponsored by SMH Fleet Solutions, Jota Aviation, Total Lubricants and Mazda Financial Services.
It is presently seen at the 2012 British GT Championship and just this weekend, it was No. 3 in its class at Brands Hatch. The MX-5 GT competes with the racecars of Lotus, Aston Martin, Ginetta and Ferrari. This amazing MX-5 can reach a top speed of 160mph and it can accelerate from zero to 60mp in only three seconds.
Mazda has made the latest iteration of the Mazda MX-5 more enjoyable to drive, thanks to a number of elements like a more aggressive front end, improved pedestrian safety and more responsive acceleration and braking.
More than ever, the acceleration capability of the MX-5 is now more responsive. Thanks to the fine-tuning of the acceleration management program of manual MX-5 models, acceleration control and linear response to throttle input have been dramatically improved, especially when the car is moving at lower speeds. The MX-5’s vacuum brake booster was also optimized to improve brake return control, while at the same enhancing handling due to superior front-rear load distribution. All of these tweaks would surely be appreciated by drivers when they are braking into or accelerating out of corners.
In terms of pedestrian safety, the face-lifted has also made some advancement. It is now provided with a new active bonnet system that could automatically raise the front hood when the MX-5 hits a pedestrian. This enlarges the crumple zone, and thereby prevents or minimizes the severity of injuries, especially to the pedestrian’s head. Likewise, the Mazda has reinforced the lower section of the front bumper to better protect pedestrian’s legs. With these advancements, the Mazda MX-5 is now already compliant with stringent pedestrian safety standards in the European Union.