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!
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 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.