Mazda just released a special edition model of the MX-5 roadster to memorize its 1991 Le Mans race victory. The Mazda MX-5 ’55 Le Mans will be produced in limited edition exclusively for the Swiss market.
The Mazda MX-5 ’55 Le Mans is named after the 787B No.55 car that won the championships in 1991 24-hour endurance race with a rotary engine by Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler, and Bertrand Gachot.
Instead of the rotary engine found in 787B No. 55 car, the limited production version of the MX-5 ’55 Le Man is based on the standard Mazda MX-5 model. It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower, which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
To make the MX-55 ’55 Le Mans limited edition model looks and feels like a race car, Mazda fitted it with a limited slip differential, tuned Bilstein sports suspension, and a front strut bar to enhance stabilization. In addition, the Mazda MX-55 ’55 Le Mans will be offered in four exterior colors with stripes and the ‘55 Le Mans’ logos on the sides of the car.