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.