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Mazda MX-5 GT Concept makes Goodwood debut

Mazda has been working on a version of the iconic MX-5 that even people with a Y chromosome can just about get away with driving. The manly beefed up MX-5 GT Concept will go on show at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it will tackle the hill climb circuit.

This is the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept. Hairdressers need not apply.
This is the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept. Hairdressers need not apply.

The MX-5 GT Concept is a street legal roadster inspired by the MX-5 GT4 track car. It uses Mazda’s 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, but in this case it’s been tuned to produce 205bhp — about 40bhp more than the standard lump. Power is funneled to the rear wheels via a standard MX-5 manual gearbox.

Normally that sort of grunt wouldn’t blow the icing off a cupcake, but the MX-5 GT Concept has an important trick up its sleeve — it weighs bugger all. It’s been built using Mazda’s Skyactiv ‘technology’, a design philosophy which stipulates the vehicle must be as light as possible in order to improve efficiency. To help accomplish this, Mazda’s fitted carbon fibre pieces including a front splitter, rear diffuser and boot spoiler.

Mazda won’t tell us how fast this thing is, but it’s bound to be significantly quicker than the standard car, which does 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds and reaches 132mph. A sports exhaust helps reinforce the fact the MX-5 GT Concept is beefier than the stock model, while handling is aided by optional road slicks and uprated suspension, which can be adjusted for different track conditions. Occupants are swaddled in place by Recaro racing seats.

You can catch the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept in action this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the MX-5 GT4 race car that inspired it and the Mazda Takeri concept, which is being used to inspire the next generation of Mazda 6. 

Its 2.0-litre engine kicks out 205bhp.
Its 2.0-litre engine kicks out 205bhp.
Handling is aided by optional road slicks and adjustable suspension.
Handling is aided by optional road slicks and adjustable suspension.

The MX-5 GT Concept was inspired by the MX-5 GT4.

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