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Wednesday 27th June 2012

Mazda MX-5 GT road car concept

Just imagine how good the MX-5 would be with 205hp ... imagine no more thanks to Mazda race outfit Jota!



The MX-5 GT race car - now competing to GT4 level - has demonstrated the little Mazda's inner racer and the potential for some tuning goodness on its Duratec-based 2.0-litre engine to unleash proper performance. If only there was a road version with just at taste of what the race car can do...

Race team Jota's expertise put to good use
Race team Jota's expertise put to good use
There is now! Put together by the same Jota team that prepares the MX-5 race cars - driven, on occasion by PH no lesss - this MX-5 GT Concept will be at Goodwood at the weekend and demonstrates the hidden potential within the standard MX-5.

There have been hot, track-inspired third-gen MX-5s before of course. Over the pond Mazdaspeed celebrated 20 years of the Miata (as it's known over there) with the Super20, a stripped 'n 'caged special boasting Cosworth supercharged power to make good on the aggressive looks.

The GT Concept is a little behind on power with its 205hp, but purists will approve of the fact this has been achieved with good old-fashioned tuning rather than resorting to forced induction. And though still barely hot-hatch worthy on paper that'll be more than enough to take the MX-5 from merely fun to properly interesting, especially given that Jota has also worked its race expertise on the suspension. There's some token carbon fibre aero too and, perhaps more importantly, a twin-pipe, centre exit exhaust inspired by that fitted to the production racers we've driven and the full beans GT car raced to podium finishes in the British GT Championships.

If it sounds as good as the race car we're happy
If it sounds as good as the race car we're happy
Looks like a giggle and we'll be pressing Mazda to get a go with it as soon as we possibly can...

Dan Trent
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jackh707

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Move over GT 86, I hope they produce these.

M@1975

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Would love to see that getting made for the masses. Mx5 has always suffered froma slight lack of grunt, especially in it's later guises.

thewheelman

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That looks pretty good, & no doubt a blast to drive.

dandare

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Isn't the Duratec based on the Mazda motor, and not the other way around?

TameRacingDriver

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Always thought they should have made an MX5 MPS. That would be a hoot!
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kambites

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Am I missing something? It looks like Mazda's take on the Rover Streetwise?

Interesting looks stats though.

thewheelman

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kambites said:
Am I missing something? It looks like Mazda's take on the Rover Streetwise?

Interesting looks stats though.
You fooker........ Now you've said that, I can see what you mean. Thanks for wrecking it for me wink

daveknott5

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Yes please Mazda - You MUST MAKE THIS CAR!!!

A perfect PH car for our times.

geepee

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Just build it

Captain Muppet

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It really needs a black windscreen surround. It's all I can see when I look at it.

That and the Rover Streetwise thing.

Urgh.

Although if they sell it as a coupe and it's as reliable as my mk1 I promise to buy one in 15 years or so. Unless the GT86 is better or cheaper.

FWDRacer

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kambites said:
Am I missing something? It looks like Mazda's take on the Rover Streetwise?
Nicely done hehe

Marf

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jackh707 said:
Move over GT 86, I hope they produce these.
Mazda, please don't.

We already have myriad bhy threads about how the GT86 is over priced and under powered, let alone a special edition mx-5 which will likely cost more than a GT86 an only offer a few more HP.

suffolk009

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Caterham claim 263bhp from their Duratec. Presumably the same engine? Guessing there's more to come...

KDIcarmad

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I read somewhere a V8 had been put in a MK1! This seem more fun, which is what a MX-5 should be. If the next generation is to be shared with Fiat, Mazda will need a car like this.

If they don't some else should do it!

A friend owns a very early MX5 and has plane to fit a rotory engine. After reading I think I will be having a chat with him about that.

TVR Jim

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Nicky Clarke will be beside himself...

Itsallicanafford

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....Mazda, PLEASE DO NOT BUILD IT! The best thing about the MX-5 is that it has never got involved over its 3.5 different version in the power wars which have plagued modern cars...let the others chase the headlines, 150Bhp is plenty for a lightweight car with good handling...

ewenm

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KDIcarmad said:
I read somewhere a V8 had been put in a MK1!
V8 Miata

griffdude

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That Mazda 2.0 is a cracker. It's the same as fitted to the Morgan +4SS & is a cracker. Better internals than the std Ford offering & will rev to 7700 out of the box.

tommy vercetti

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Hope they make it, even if its in a limited run.

TameRacingDriver

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Itsallicanafford said:
....Mazda, PLEASE DO NOT BUILD IT! The best thing about the MX-5 is that it has never got involved over its 3.5 different version in the power wars which have plagued modern cars...let the others chase the headlines, 150Bhp is plenty for a lightweight car with good handling...
205 bhp is hardly getting involved in the power wars?
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