2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Car Ready to Race Globally

With the success of the MX-5 Cup series, it was only a matter of time until Mazda unveiled a new Cup car based on the fourth-generation MX-5.

Ready to compete in a Global Cup series for the 2016 calendar year, the MX-5 will be raced in several countries around the world with an end of year Global shootout taking place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California to crown the world champion. That winner will then get a chance to test-out for a spot in Mazda’s TUDOR SKYACTIV prototype race car.

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Not much is known about the car (including technical specifications) other than power will come from a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine. Obvious safety equipment has been added like a roll cage, racing seat and a racing harness. The interior has been gutted out, a racing wheel added and some aero tweaks are present. But that is all we know as to what modifications may have been made to the MX-5.

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Production on the racecar specials will begin this winter and anyone interested in entering the series will be able to purchase an MX-5 ready for racing from a single supplier.

With the new car’s debut on the track still over a year away, 2015 will mark the final year of the third generation NC MX-5 to be used in the Cup series.

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