Just a week before its world debut at the British Motor Show, we can reveal the first ever car designed and built in Mexico - the Mastretta MXT.

Just a week before its world debut at the British Motor Show, we can reveal the first ever car designed and built in Mexico - the Mastretta MXT.

Featuring a Ford-sourced 240bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged Duratec and weighing in at just 900 kg, the MXT is capabale of sprinting from 0-60mph in under 5 seconds. Aircraft manufacturing techniques are used for the chassis and the fibreglass body is sculpted using closed mould techniques.

"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.”

The model that will be on display next week will be the penultimate prototype, Vehicle Certification Agency testing should be complete by October before the model goes on sale in Januray 2009 with a base price of £32,999. A total of 80 units are planned each year in right-hand-drive format.

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