Mazda MX-5 GT Concept revealed ahead of 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on June 26, 2012

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.

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Mazda MX-5 GT Concept

Mazda debuted a road legal 205bhp Mazda MX-5 GT Concept at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept was on display throughout the festival on Mazda's stand, as well as taking part in the hillclimb in the 'First Glance' category.

The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept has been inspired by Mazda's podium winning MX-5 GT race programme and its debut at Goodwood is to test customer reaction to a high performance version of the iconic sportscar. Built by race specialists Jota Sport, the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept produces 205bhp from a normally aspirated 2.0-litre Mazda petrol engine which is mated to the car's standard manual gearbox. Suspension has been uprated to improve handling and is adjustable for different track conditions, aerodynamic assistance comes from a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler. The exhaust note has been enhanced with a sports exhaust system with a central tailpipe. Recaro seats enhance the driver stability and the interior features a number of carbon enhancements that help reduce weight. For customers who want to acquire the car for track use, it comes equipped with road slicks and body-coloured roll hoops behind the seats.

Joining the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept on the stand was the Mazda Takeri sedan concept, a close indication of the design direction of the future Mazda6, along with the recently launched all-new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, the first car to adopt Mazda's revolutionary SKYACTIV technology which improves fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions without compromising driving enjoyment.

Mazda has also entered the World's fastest and most powerful MX-5 in the Goodwood hillclimb. Sponsored by SMH Fleet Solutions, Jota Aviation, Total Lubricants and Mazda Financial Services, the Jota Sport Mazda MX-5 GT4 is currently contesting the 2012 British GT Championship and took third in class at Brands Hatch this weekend. Competing against Lotus, Aston Martin, Ginetta and Ferrari racecars, the MX-5 GT boasts a top speed of 160mph and a 0-60 time of just three seconds, making this a very special MX-5.

Drivers for the Goodwood Festival of Speed are regular Mazda racers Mark Ticehurst and Owen Mildenhall and kart racer Jade Paveley, who at just 19 years-old, is one of the youngest drivers at the festival.

"This year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed we have a number of significant cars on the stand and contesting the hillclimb," said Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK. "The MX-5 has been our best known car for 22 years and with the GT4 and GT Concept on show, we are demonstrating that this car can compete with the more expensive race and performance cars but still remain true to its roots of affordable motoring with a strong focus on the driving experience.

"The Mazda Takeri gives a clear guide as to how the next Mazda6 will look. It will be the second car to use Mazda's new SKYACTIV technology following on from the Mazda CX-5 which we launched in May. SKYACTIV technology reduces vehicle weight, improves fuel consumption and reduces CO2, it takes our cars into the realm of environmentally friendly emissions but with no compromise on the fun to drive attributes that are typical of our brand.

"So come over and say hello during the weekend, we are also giving away a limited number of Le Mans books to visitors to the stand each day - so visit early."

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