World debut for Mastretta MXT at British Motor Show

World debut for Mastretta MXT at British Motor Show image

Text: / Photos: | posted July 17, 2008 00:00

First ever car designed and built in Mexico

Bristling with design flair, the all-new Mastretta MXT is the exciting and exclusive new sports car that will put Mexico on the automotive map.

The lightweight two-seater weighs just 900kg. And with top speed of 150mph, it is aimed at thrill seekers who also have an eye to the environment, who want to have fun and enjoy driving without causing damage through their car's excessive weight and power.

Mastretta MXT is the first car to be designed and built in Mexico, and the aggressive and sculpted sports coupé makes its debut at the British International Motor Show.

This unique, rear-wheel drive two-seater's 2.0litre turbocharged Duratec engine develops nearly 240bhp pushing it on to 60 mph from rest in less than 5.0secs.

Constructed from bonded aluminum, the semi-monocoque chassis features aircraft style technology. Closed mold techniques sculpt the distinctive body from high quality fiberglass and the air-conditioned interior is leather-trimmed.

Direct racecar feel comes through rack and pinion steering 2.8 turns lock to lock. And 293mm ventilated brake discs with ABS as standard slow the car with eye-popping power, when necessary. Mastretta MXT has double wishbone suspension front and rear.

Lifestyle Automotive is the company licensed to import and distribute the cars in Europe and company boss Tom Martin is confident of success with Mastretta MXT.

"Customers who place orders at the show will be able to register their cars in May next year," he says. "The Mastretta MXT on display at ExCeL 22 July - 3 August is the penultimate prototype," Martin says. "We should complete Vehicle Certification Agency testing by October and RHD production, which is limited to 80 cars in the first full year, will start by January."

National pride as well as burning ambition for their new car motivates the Mastretta brothers who have taken the car from idea through concept to reality.

"We needed to create a great car because Mexico has no tradition of sophisticated sports car manufacturing," says designer Daniel Mastretta. "It is most important that our customers are delighted by the new MXT. That's what we aimed to do from the first drawing of the car, but we also want to make our country proud of the MXT and to show the world what we can do."