Mazda MX-5 track car launched

Customers will be able to get their hands on their own version of the MX-5 race car which recently begun competing in this year’s British GT Championship. Buyers will receive their order in time for the 2013 season.

While the Mazda MX-5 GT4 is not road-legal, it is ideally suited for track day enthusiasts and is also eligible for entry into GT and GT4 championships both domestic and across the continent.

As part of its conversion into a racing car, the Mazda MX-5 GT4 has shed 175kg of weight compared to a standard automatic road-going model, and now weights just 1,000kg in total.

The GT4 also has a racing body kit which adds new front doors, a front splitter as well as a diffuser and rear wing at the back. All these parts are made of strong and lightweight carbon-fibre.

The interior dashboard is also made of carbon fibre and the glass windows are swapped with ones made of lightweight Polycarbonate.

Under the bonnet the MX-5 GT4 uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine like the one available with the standard road-going model, but has now been turbocharged. This increases the power output from 158bhp to 320bhp.

The boosted engine is connected to a six-speed paddle-shift sequential gearbox and a set of racing brakes are also fitted to the MX-5 GT4.

Performance figures have yet to be officially disclosed by Mazda, but reports suggest the MX-5 GT4 can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just three seconds and hit a top speed of 160mph.

In order to meet regulations for entry into the GT and GT championships, the MX-5 race car also has mandatory safety features including a roll cage and a fire extinguisher.

UK motorists interested in a road-legal MX-5 can find the full range at Perrys Mazda dealerships located in Barnsley, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Portsmouth and Preston.