Lightweight and lively
FAST Mazda? The ultra-light MX-5 GT, which will race in the British Endurance Championship this season, has a top speed of 160mph and a 0-60mph time of three seconds. The cars, built and raced by Jota Sport, have a 275bhp engine and six-speed sequential gearbox. Weight reduction included 15kg by dipping the body in acid, with a race weight of 850kg – more than 300kg less than a road car. The shell is still 17 times stronger than race requirements. Heavier rivals include Porsche and Aston Martin.