Introduced in 2019, the Yokohama
Ma7da Championship is an offshoot of the eternally popular Locost Championship for kit cars designed to the original Ron Champion ‘Build Your Own Sports Car’ book dimensions. Ma7da offers the same ultra-close slipstreaming race action, but with increased power for those drivers looking for a step up in performance.
Granted Motorsport UK Championship status for the 2021 season, Ma7da accommodates drivers having stepped up from Locost, or newcomers looking for a formula that offers great racing with a tightly-controlled Seven-esque car platform, yet with the value and unbeatable entry costs offered as a 750 Motor Club package.
Utilising a high-quality package from KitSpares
, a typical Locost can be ugraded by a DiY racer to use a reliable and affordable 1.8-litre VVT Mazda MX-5 'Mk2.5' engine and gearbox for little more than £3000 including all parts and a secondhand engine and gearbox.
‘Control’ Package Parts
Tubular 4-1 exhaust manifold - designed to fit standard Locost chassis (from KitSpares here
Catalytic converter - designed to fit to original Locost silencer (any 100cell, such as from KitSpares here
or Demon Tweeks here
Plenum chamber - to regulate inlet and simplify plumbing (from KitSpares here
Restrictor plate - to regulate power output (from KitSpares here
Fuel Pressure Regulator - to regulate power output (from KitSpares here
Emerald standalone ECU & Wideband lambda sensor - with locked control map to regulate power output (from 750MC shop here
Optional Parts (KitSpares)
Engine wiring loom, including air and water temperature sensors - for easy connectivity
Engine mount kit
Gearbox mount kit
Fuel pipe/fuel pump
The Ma7da Championship will typically run at six events per season, with a mixture of double or triple-header events to maximise value for money.
As an approximate guide; 750 Motor Club membership is £25 for 12 months, season registration is £135, and race entry fees typically range from £250 - £350 depending on the circuit (for a double-header race event).