Mazda MX-5 GT racing car news and pictures

Mazda unveils its lightest, most powerful MX-5 yet, the 275bhp GT racing car. News and pictures here

Mazda has unveiled the lightest and most powerful MX-5 it has ever created, the MX-5 GT. Designed to compete in this year’s Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship, the standard MX-5 has been completely reworked to FIA specifications. It features a modified version of Mazda’s 2.0-litre in-line four, developing 275bhp - up 117bhp on the road going version - and mated to a six-speed sequential paddle shift ’box. Jota Sport, the race engineering team that will be fielding the cars during the championship, has also extensively rebuilt the body, apparently taking over 400 hours to create a shell of such strength, it exceeds the required FIA regulations 17 times over. In accordance with Mazda’s ‘gram strategy’, in which every component is pared of unnecessary weight, Jota has also examined each aspect of the car to make it as light as possible. Further weight-saving measures extend to carbon doors, polycarbonate windows and removal of interior trim. Finally, the shell has been subjected to an acid dip to remove outer protective coats, saving 15kg. The finished car weighs in at just 850kg (a considerable 323kg less than the standard car, and less than 2009’s MX-5 Superlight concept), allowing it to cover 0-60mph in 3.0sec and go on to a top speed of 160mph. It is hoped the car’s low weight and nimble handling will put a spanner in the works of the heavy hitting Aston Martin Vantage GT4 and Porsche 911 GT3 RSR against which it will compete. The Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship calendar runs from March to November, starting with a three-hour race at Silverstone on March 26.

Huge Mazda MX-5 picture gallery here

New Mazda MX-5 meets its ancestor

We go ice racing in a Mazda MX-5 roadster

Join evo's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages


Mazda MX-5 review
Mazda MX-5 convertible

Mazda MX-5 review

The Mazda MX-5 is better than ever, a distillation of the sports car that has matured into a brilliant little roadster
19 Nov 2020

Most Popular

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal
2022 BMW M3 Touring

2022 BMW M3 Touring teased ahead of reveal

BMW has released new images of its upcoming M3 Touring before it reaches customers next year
24 Sep 2021
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up
Porsche 911 GTS review (992) – front cornering
Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2022 review – middle child 992 shapes up

Two and a half years after the launch of the 992, the GTS treatment both adds and subtracts but does the result gel on the road?
21 Sep 2021
Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022
Lotus Emira

Lotus Emira First Edition priced from £75,995 – production to commence in 2022

First examples of the new Lotus Emira will roll off the production line early next year, with the entry-level four-cylinder to follow
20 Sep 2021