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.