Mazda Seek the Idea of Making A Small Lightweight Roadster
The circle is complete. For those who do not know, it is on the side of England that Mazda went to seek the idea of making a small, lightweight roadster, which would subsequently become the best-selling in the world. Inspired by the small British convertibles of the 1960s, such as the Triumph Spitfire, the Lotus Elan or the MGB, the manufacturer then gave birth to one of its greatest successes, the Mazda MX-5, totaling more than one million sales since its launch in 1989. However, if the little Japanese roadster adopted the philosophy of English cars, it did not however inherit their sometimes extravagant style, preferring then to opt for more refined and very simple lines, which will have undoubtedly participated in its success. But now a Spanish company has decided to bring the inspiring and the inspired together in a unique vehicle, called Hurtan Grand Albaycin. An unusual creation, based on the Mazda MX-5 and inheriting at least original lines, clearly reminiscent of these small English cars but having been revised in order to gain in modernity.
Launched with Mazda’s endorsement, this astonishing project looks promising to say the least, with only around 30 units produced, whether with a soft top or a Mazda MX-5 RF hard top. However, when you look at this Hurtan Grand Albaycin, it’s hard to believe that under this extravagant body hides some Japanese mechanics. Because of the original roadster, nothing remains in appearance, the designers having offered this new vehicle completely different lines, inspired by old English convertibles. Wheel arches and stern with exaggerated features but not devoid of charm therefore replace the more classic features than the current generation of the MX-5. The interior has not yet been shown in its entirety, but it should be noted that the original seats have been replaced by quilted upholstery gaining in elegance. Nothing has been said about the infotainment system, however, and whether or not it has been retained.
If the car does not retain anything of the style of the Mazda MX-5, it suffices to open the hood to realize that the little Japanese girl is not far away, while this Hurtan Grand Albaycin has kept the whole of its mechanics. It will therefore be possible to choose between a four-cylinder 1.5 or 2.0-liter petrol, developing 132 or 184 horsepower respectively, still associated with a six-speed manual transmission. Manufactured in Spain, the car will be marketed in several countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Russia. In addition to the engines and the roof, it will also be possible to choose from two versions, Heritage or Bespoke, each characterized by a specific paint. It will then take at least € 59,000 to offer you a copy of the Spanish sports car, powered by a Japanese engine and inheriting from the lines of English coupes. A beautiful hodgepodge that works wonderfully!