2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar officially introduced at 2014 SEMA Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 5, 2014

Mazda introduced at the 2014 SEMA Show its new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup global racecar. According to Mazda, the new vehicle will be raced in a new Global Cup series, in North America, Europe and Asia. Still, Mazda has yet to announce which countries will be involved and when the races will take place as they are confirmed.

The Japanese carmaker said that the Global MX-5 Cup will culminate at the end of 2016 with a Global Shootout at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California to crown the series champion.

Although the specifications of the new MX-5 Cup racecar were not announced, we do know that the vehicle will be powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine and as you can see from the photos, it comes with several enhancements including a roll cage.

The new MY2016 Global MX-5 Cup racecar is confirmed to be ready for production even as Mazda has yet to unveil final specifications, equipment or technical partners for the race vehicle. However, the Japanese carmaker has confirmed that the racecar will be powered by a 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-G four cylinder engine.

Furthermore, Mazda Motorsports this winter will commence a development period during which it will select the optimum tires, suspension and powertrain and safety modifications for the MY2016 Global MX-5 Cup racecar.

The final specifications of the new generation racecar will be unveiled in 2015 when the carmaker starts to receive orders for the 2016 series. This will be the first instance that Mazda will sell the Global MX-5 Cup racecars "ready to race" from a single supplier.

The third generation MX-5 racecar, meanwhile, will have its last season of professional racing in North America in 2015. The 2015 season will be started by the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires at Sebring in March. The season will end at the Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta in October.

For 2016 and beyond, the current MX-5 Cup racecars could only compete in club racing. John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American operations, remarked that since the first MX-5 Miata took the green flag back in 1990, it has been the ideal racecar for both racers simply because the vehicle is “such a good car to drive.”

He noted that the MX-5 is an ideal platform to learn basic and advanced race-craft. Masahiro Moro, Managing Executive Officer in charge of Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Mazda Motor Corporation, remarked that the carmaker is excited to introduce the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series to a new global audience.

Press Release

MAZDA WAVES GREEN FLAG ON 2016 GLOBAL MX-5 CUP RACING SERIES

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best-selling roadster in history, and the most road-raced car in the world. With the recent unveiling of the fourth generation MX-5, the most frequently asked question is "Where will it race?" Mazda gave the first part of that answer at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas today, as the company announced that the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be raced in a new Global Cup series, in North America, Europe and Asia.

Starting in 2016, there will be multiple Mazda Global MX-5 Cup series around the world, all using identically prepared cars. Full details of the Global MX-5 Cup, including which countries will be involved and when the races will take place, will be announced as they are confirmed. The Global MX-5 Cup will culminate at the end of 2016 with a Global Shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., to crown the series champion. Among other prizes, the series champion will receive a one-day test in Mazda's top-level TUDOR United States SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype racecar.

"Since the first Mazda MX-5 Miata took the green flag back in 1990, the car has been the ideal platform for both veterans and rookies alike," noted John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American operations. "Because the MX-5 is inherently such a good car to drive, it is an ideal platform to learn basic and advanced race-craft, and this has made the professional MX-5 Cup series very successful to date."

"We're excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and introduce them to a new global audience," added Masahiro Moro, Managing Executive Officer in charge of Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Mazda Motor Corporation. "It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality."

While Mazda did not release final specifications, equipment or technical partners for the car, it was confirmed that the Global MX-5 Cup racecar will be equipped with a 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-G four cylinder engine. Beginning this winter, Mazda Motorsports will undertake a development period to select the optimum tires, suspension and powertrain and safety modifications. The final specifications will be announced in 2015 when Mazda is ready to accept orders for the 2016 series.

In a first for Mazda, the Global MX-5 Cup racecars will be sold "ready to race" from a single supplier.

For 2015, the third generation MX-5 will be utilized for its final season of professional racing in North America. The 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires will kick off at Sebring in March, and conclude at the Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta in October. For 2016 and beyond, the existing third-generation MX-5 Cup racecars will be eligible to compete in club racing only.

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