Do you fancy a 320bhp Mazda MX5 featuring a tuned chassis that means it can lap a track as fast as an Aston Martin endurance racer? Who wouldn’t?
Well, you can now have one as the Japanese firm will sell you a full-on GT4 spec race car version of its popular two-seat Mazda MX5 roadster.
The racer gets a 320bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine based on the 2.0i Sport Tech’s motor. Weighing in at just 1,000kg it’s more than enough to give the little Mazda MX5 enough punch to match the likes of Lotus’ finest offerings on track.
The chassis has been fully prepped by Jota Sport – the team that runs the Mazda MX5 GT4 in the British GT Championship and an outfit with plenty of sportscars and endurance racing experience under its belt having competed numerous times at the Le Mans 24 hours.
This means an FIA spec roll cage, carbon fibre doors and a sophisticated aerodynamics package, including a front splitter, rear diffuser and wing to improve grip.
The car also gets bespoke suspension dampers set up to work in harmony with the Mazda MX5’s chassis.
Although the car has been racing in 2012, this year was very much a development period for the car – the production-based challenger will benefit from more exhaustive development over the final months of 2012 and will be eligible to race for the 2013 season.
Managing Director of Jota Group, Sam Hignett:
“We have spent the season getting the car to the front of the field. We started from the base of last year’s GT car and set ourselves the aim of finishing the 2012 season with a car that would be competitive in GT4.
“The car is an easy car to drive and we are now at a point that we can offer this car to customers safe in the knowledge that it is going to be a front-runner in any GT4 field.”
And how much for all that supercar-bothering pace and technology? It’s yours for £150,000.
That’s actually not bad when you consider the MX5 GT4 has already achieved a third in class and led the Brands Hatch round of the British GT Championship overall.
Let us know what you think of Mazda’s awesome MX5 GT4 racer below.