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.