Here is the 2011 Mazda MX-5 GT Race Car at Britcar. The roadster, which will compete in the Britcar Endurance Championship MSA British this year, weighs just 1874 pounds while packing nearly twice the punch of the standard MX-5. This model has been created in collaboration with Jota Sport.
The heavily modified MX-5 engine produces 275 horsepower – enough juice to propel the light-weight roadster to 60 miles per hour in a scant three seconds flat. The race-ready Mazda can also crest 160 mph while looking damn fine with its new Spirited Green paint job.
Developing the new MX-5 GT took about 400 hours. The car needed suspension adjustments, six speed sequential gearbox integration, and a lowered engine. It also underwent a couple of changes to lose some weight; removal of the interior components and an acid dip for the shell. The exterior then received carbon doors and polycarbonate windows before the entire thing was painted in Spirited Green metallic combined with orange and gray graphics.
No car is ready to go on the track until it gets a complete safety overhaul. The Mazda did just that with the addition of a roll cage, race seats and harness, external electric cut-off and fire extinguisher, safety catches on the bonnet and boot lids, a competition steering wheel, and alloy wheels. The running gear, rear axle, gearbox, and engine have also been modified to enhance performance.
Under the hood of the GT, Mazda has placed a modified engine that develops a total of 275 HP. Mated to a six speed sequential paddle shift gearbox, this engine will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds and up to a top speed of 160mph.
In order to cut several hundred pounds off the base MX-5, the Jota Sport racing team removed interior components, revised other interior fittings and dipped the car’s shell in acid. The doors, like many interior components, are made of carbon fiber and the windows are made of polycarbonate. The racing team also lowered the engine height, adjusted the suspension and added a six-speed paddle shift transmission to aid with handling.
Let’s see some photos of Mazda MX-5 GT (2011):
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