Mazda has debuted its MX5 GT concept at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, with the new sportscar sitting alongside the innovative Takeri saloon concept also making its UK debut at the West Sussex event.
The Mazda MX5 GT boasts a 205bhp version of Mazda’s 2.0-litre normally aspirated engine – tuned by endurance racing specialists Jota Sport – mated to the standard car’s six-speed manual gearbox.
The modifications don’t just stop with the engine though – Jota has also fitted new adjustable coilover suspension, tuneable to suit track conditions and improve the car’s handling – as well as a revised aerodynamic package consisting of a carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser and boot spoiler.
In line with the overtly sporting nature of the bright orange MX5, Jota has bolted on a new exhaust system to ensure the engine’s note is suitably audible, too.
Inside, the Mazda MX5 GT gets a pair of Recaro racing seats and plenty of carbon fibre trim to reduce the already lightweight car’s kerb weight further still.
Ensuring safety remains high, and particularly for track orientated driving, the GT concept features body coloured roll hoops behind those trick lightweight seats, as well as road legal semi-slick tyres to up grip levels.
According to Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, “The Mazda MX5 has been our best known car for 22 years and with the 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.”