2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car priced at $53,000

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 19, 2015

Mazda is presenting its first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata, the new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car. This race-going car still follows Mazda’s formula for successful vehicles – remarkable performance at an affordable price. Indeed, Mazda Motorsports is offering the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup racer with a special introductory price of $53,000.

Interested buyers can order their own Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car at www.MazdaMotorsports.com, with initial deliveries to commence later this year. Since this ready-to-compete race car eliminates the need for further engineering and costs of fabrication, its driver could concentrate on competing.

Likewise, since all Global Mazda MX-5 Cup cars are identical, the main decisive factor on the race track would be driving talent instead of budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. This new Miata racer has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing team, which will be the exclusive builder of the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car.

Long Road Racing has already assessed the necessary racing components and will soon disclose its strategic component partners for the project. In charge of testing the MX-5 Cup race car is Mazda factory race driver Tom Long along with fellow drivers Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch.

Long has been winning races using previous MX-5 generations, including his recent victory at the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup. Long is currently the co-driver for the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Mazda will give ordering priority to participants in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires and to those planning to take part in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

Long Road Racing-built MX-5 Cup cars will be qualified to take part in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and other track-day clubs. Part of the Mazda Road to 24 project, the new MX-5 Cup is considered as an entry-level professional series aimed at helping racers get promoted to the top levels of sports car racing.

The series champion will receive a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher-level series with the carmaker the following year. The 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will have its global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California to crown a global champion.

One of the prizes awaiting the global champion is a one-day test in Mazda's top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car.

John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), remarked that the third-generation MX-5 has been taking part in Mazda’s MX-5 Cup series, and has been considered as the ideal platform for drivers to display their talents on highly competitive high-profile races. He added that the fourth-generation MX-5 would make it easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved in those races.

Press Release

MAZDA ANNOUNCES GLOBAL MX-5 CUP RACE CAR PRICING

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most road-raced production car in the world. The reason is simple - great performance at an affordable price. The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows that formula, and will be Mazda Motorsports' first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata. The new race car will be available at the special introductory price of $53,000. The race car ordering process begins on www.MazdaMotorsports.com with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

Having a turnkey, ready-to-race car removes the effort of engineering and costs of fabrication, enabling the racer to focus on racing. All racers can purchase identically-built race cars so that driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. Production of the MX-5 Cup race cars starts with a street cars that receives motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional series, and is a part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers up the ladder to the top levels of sports car racing.

"For the past decade, the third-generation sports car has been competing in our own MX-5 Cup series, and has been the ideal platform to showcase driving talent in a competitive environment on high-profile race weekends," said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly."

The MX-5 Cup series champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. Additionally, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will culminate with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. with entrants from around the world to crown a global champion. A one-day test in Mazda's top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car will top the list of prizes bestowed on the global champion.

The MX-5 Cup race car has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC. Long Road Racing will exclusively build the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car The team has evaluated key racing components and will announce several strategic component partners at a later date. Mazda factory race driver Tom Long has led the testing, along with fellow Mazda factory race driver Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch, the 2014 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup champion and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda champion. Tom Long has won races in all previous MX-5 generations, including the championship in the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, and currently co-drives the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. MX-5 Cup cars built by Long Road Racing will be eligible to compete in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) as well as many track-day clubs.

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