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Mazda to debut the MX-5 GT Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

By FaezClutchless on 30 Jun 2012

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The Mazda MX-5 is one terrific compact roadster but many have commented that it is a little lacking on horsepower. The current generation delivers around 170bhp and 190Nm of torque. For those who felt that the MX-5 is a little lacking in power; would a more powerful and more sporty-looking version appeal to you? Then sit back and read on.

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Mazda is bringing its MX-5 GT Concept to the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed which starts on the 28th of June to the 01st of July. The Mazda MX-5 GT Concept will be on display throughout the festival on Mazda's stand, as well as taking part in the hill climb in the 'First Glance' category.

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Mazda is said to be debuting the car, a right-hand drive model, in order to gauge public reaction towards it. There might be a chance for the car to go into production and it all depends on the public. The MX-5 GT Concept is hugely based on the company’s MX-5 GT race car (the green car, pictured above).

Built by race specialists Jota Sport, the MX-5 GT Concept produces 205bhp from a normally aspirated 2.0-litre Mazda petrol engine which is mated to the car's standard manual gearbox. Suspension has been uprated to improve handling and is adjustable for different track conditions; aerodynamic assistance comes from a carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler.

The exhaust note has been enhanced with a sports exhaust system with a central tailpipe. Recaro seats enhanced the driver stability and the interior features a number of carbon enhancements that help reduce weight. For customers who want to acquire the car for track use, it comes equipped with road slicks and body coloured roll hoops behind the seats.

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Mazda claims that the MX-5 GT is capable of a top speed of 160mph (257 km/hr) and 0-100km/hr in just three seconds. Incredible figures for a 205bhp car and that means the car is much lighter than we might think.

A race-spec MX-5 GT that competes against other race cars from Aston Martin, Lotus, Ginetta, and Ferrari in the 2012 British GT Championship will join in on the hill climb as well. Both the MX-5 GT and MX-5 GT Concept were built by Jota Sport. Also on hand as static displays at Goodwood will be Mazda’s Takeri sedan concept that previews the next generation Mazda6 and the current CX-5 crossover.

Photo credit: Auto Evolution

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