New road car based Mazda MX-5 GT revealed
Japanese car manufacturer Mazda has created a racing model of its popular roadster the MX-5.
The lightweight MX-5 GT race car will enter in this year’s Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship.
The car is set to compete in the series against numerous other manufacturers including the likes of Aston Martin, Porsche, BMW and Lotus. The championship is contested over nine races from March to November; the first event is scheduled for 26 March.
One thing that was important to Mazda in building this race model is that it remains true to its roots from the standard MX-5 road car.
The manufacturer claims that the GT race car replicates the MX-5 in being a great handling, fun to drive model with the ability to challenge bigger more powerful competition, all at an affordable cost.
The decision to develop a GT race car marks a year in which Mazda recently celebrated numerous milestones for the successful MX-5. In February this year, the MX-5 reached its 21st anniversary.
The Mazda MX-5 has also been handed the title of “Best convertible" in the CarBuyer car of the year 2011 awards. This adds to a large collection of awards the MX-5 has achieved since it first went into production.
Mazda also achieved a milestone in February; the company has produced 900,000 MX-5 units worldwide since it was first introduced back in 1989. Over ten percent of global sales of the roadster are from the UK.
The MX-5 still holds the Guinness World Record as the world’s best selling two-seat convertible sports car in history, a record that has been held since the year 2000.