Faster Locost se­ries planned for next sea­son

Autosport (UK) - - CLUB AUTOSPORT - CHRIS STEVENS

A new Mazda-pow­ered Locost se­ries is be­ing planned for 2019 to run with the 750 Mo­tor Club.

A more pow­er­ful ver­sion of the Locost has al­ready been en­tered by TSR in the Sports Spe­cials Cham­pi­onship, and its driver – Lee Emm – was crowned class cham­pion at the Snet­ter­ton fi­nale.

The 1.8-litre Mazda en­gine is ex­pected to have 130bhp, 40 more than the stan­dard Locost, in a slightly mod­i­fied ver­sion of the car Emm has raced this sea­son.

Al­tered rear brakes and dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tions of tyres will be used on the Mazda-locost class car, which has been dubbed the Ma7da.

“This sea­son was the first time we en­tered it for the full year and I was the lucky one to take that on,” Emm said. “With the re­sults it’s got peo­ple in­ter­ested in what you can do af­ter Locost, and we’ve proved that there’s some­thing, hope­fully with not too much ex­pense, if you’ve al­ready got your Locost car.

“I’d say the run­ning cost once you’re in the se­ries isn’t much more ex­pen­sive. The en­gine it­self is cheap. We got it for £90, so if it blew up to­mor­row we wouldn’t be wor­ried about buy­ing an­other one.”

Lee Emm has driven Maz­dapow­ered car in Sports Spe­cials

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