2012 Mastretta MXT Prototype Coupe

I was definitely surprised to see this prototype at the Russo and Steele auction.  It’s the Mastretta MXT, the first Mexican made sports car. To me that is the cars only claim to fame, but who knows, maybe we will see more of them jetting around Scottsdale road one day. Originally, I knew nothing about this car other than a bit about the Top Gear controversy. If you haven’t read about it I’ll go ahead and catch you up with this snippet from Wikipedia:

“During the second episode of series sixteen, the presenters mocked the Mexican Mastretta sports car on account of it being designed in Mexico. James May introduced the car as “The Tortilla”, then remarked that he did not remember what it was called. Hammond then stated: “Cars reflect national characteristics … a Mexican car’s just going to be a lazy, feckless, flatulent oaf with a moustache, leaning against a fence asleep, looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat.” This was followed up by James May suggesting that all Mexican food resembles “refried sick”, Richard Hammond remarking, “I’m sorry, but just imagine waking up and remembering you’re Mexican” with a look of disgust on his face, and Jeremy Clarkson adding, “It’d be brilliant because you could just go straight back to sleep again!” Clarkson ended the segment by suggesting that the Mexican ambassador to Britain would be too lazy to make any kind of complaint. This prompted the Mexican ambassador, Eduardo Medina Mora, to write to the BBC”

Although I can appreciate the humor and its intent, I’d like to think that (living in Phoenix) I know a bit more about Mexican stereotypes than any smooth talking Englishman ever will, and they are simply wrong. That aside, this Lotus like baby sports car does nothing for me and Mastretta’s kit car heritage comes across as strikingly obvious.

The car was being sold with the following text:

“2012 Mastretta MXT Prototype

Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 15th-19th at Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

The Mastretta MXT is a high-performance 2 seat sports car, engineered to deliver outstanding performance through mechanical excellence. Every system, every component was engineered to make the driving experience an absolute thrill. The Mastretta MXT is presented as the first high-performance sports car from Mastretta Cars, the new automotive manufacturer based in the city of Toluca, Mexico. The MXT is Mastretta’s answer to the lightweight sports car market, offering a highly advanced vehicle with aggressive design and outstanding driving dynamics, while simultaneously responding to more environmentally conscious times by achieving a high level of efficient mpg of upwards to 30.

The ultra-light coupé, weighing in at just 2,100 pounds, is a completely new 2-seater mid-engine sports car developed using advanced motorsports technology and aerospace materials. The MXT is very much a driver´s car, so the priority from the beginning was to deliver outstanding performance through purity of design. Its powerful turbocharged 2.0 engine develops 265 hp, allowing the MXT to accelerate to (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds. This acceleration is harnessed by a finely tuned chassis, allowing the vehicle to develop more than 1.1 G of cornering and braking force.

In spite of its remarkable performance, the Mastretta MXT has the robustness and practicality to be driven daily, as it is well suited for long distance journeys and city driving alike. The interior is spacious, the vehicle is fitted with beautifully crafted carbon fiber seats wrapped in premium leather while interior accents are trimmed in Ultrasuede, creating the perfect balance between elegance and performance. The car is equipped with the latest technological amenities, including a multimedia system featuring GPS, Bluetooth and iPod compatibility. While performance oriented, the ride enjoys a high level of comfort due to lightweight vehicle construction. The MXT is a unique car that offers a high level of versatility, making it a perfect vehicle for daily spirited driving or as a powerful racetrack weapon.

Car is sold with an AZ VIN AZ340838”