Mazda MX-5 GT4 race car priced from £125,000

Article by Christian A., on August 23, 2012

Mazda’s 320bhp MX-5 GT4 – a fully-fledged GT race car – is being offered as a customer car for £150,000. Mazda has been very successful with the MX-5 GT4 car, which Jota Sport is developing. It is being challenged by the Avon Tyres British GT series. The GT4 racer can be easily recognized as an MX-5 but it doesn’t have much mechanical relation to its more achievable sibling, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre MZR motor, 1000kg kerbweight, fully sequential Hewland gearbox and FIA roll cage.

It also used a considerable amount of carbonfibre body panels. The price includes some technical assistance. The car is obviously built for racing but consumers will need to factor in the funds to really compete on top of the car’s cost. Jota Sport’s managing director Sam Hignett said that if done on a budget, a full series in GT4 is likely valued at about £200,000. This model rivals similar units from Lotus, Aston Martin and Ginetta.

Hignett said that the car is an easy car to race and would be desired by track day enthusiasts. He added that the car is still in development but it’s at a point that it could be offered to customers confident in the belief that it will be a front runner in any GT4 field. He claimed that the MX-5 GT4 is a promising contender in any race.

The overhauled Mazda MX-5 is more exciting to ride than before. The new variant of the best-selling car in the history of auto manufacturing does not only highlight more responsive braking and acceleration, but also offers a strong front-end style and also improved pedestrian protection.

Mazda's technology experts developed the acceleration management program (on models built for manual shift) to enhance acceleration control and the linear response to throttle input, most importantly at slower velocities. By enhancing the vacuum brake booster, on the other hand, they also improved brake return control. The upside here is more improved handling thanks to top-class front-rear weight distribution. Drivers will be thankful for these upgrades especially when cutting corners and accelerating out of them. The Mazda MX-5, which has frequently been outstanding on winding roads, now responds even better.

Avoiding pedestrian accidents

The totally upgraded Mazda MX-5 is leading the auto industry in other ways as well. The latest active bonnet system opens the hood automatically during a collision with a pedestrian, making the crumple zone bigger to avoid or at least lessen the gravity of injuries, mainly to the head. The lower part of the front bumper has also been improved so that it will be safer for people's legs. The Mazda MX-5 is indeed prepared for stricter European pedestrian safety standards.

Upon the addition of these safety attributes, engineers also improved the front-end of Mazda's iconic two-seater. The lower grille and new design for the bumper convey a deeper, broader built and a more aggressive face, while the chin spoiler and new fog lamp bezels enhance aerodynamics. Offered as a retractable hardtop coupe of classic soft-top top-down, the latest MX-5 is available in 8 exterior shades plus one striking new option: Dolphin Grey. The interior showcases a very athletic feel because of the panel décor and the glossy dark grey steering wheel spokes.

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