The last we heard of Mazda’s MX-5 GT was back in March when it was announced the race car would enter the 2012 British GT championship. Mazda has since decided to test public reaction to a production version of the MX-5 GT and will begin with the car’s debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The MX-5 GT Concept has been built and tuned by racing specialists Jota Sport who’ve managed to extract 150 kW from the MX-5′s naturally-aspirated, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine – 32 kW more than the standard Mazda MX-5, but 27 kW less than the supercharged MX-5 Yusho. Power is sent to the rear wheels via the standard 6-speed manual gearbox and the car rides on adjustable suspension for improved handling.
Apart from the striking black and orange paint work, the MX-5 GT Concept features aerodynamic aids in the form of carbon fibre splitter, rear diffuser and spoiler. A central sports exhaust should increase the volume, while Recaro seats and carbon fibre trim are added to the interior. Customers will also have the option of ordering parts such as slick tyres and body coloured roll hoops, so they can modify the car for track use.