2015 Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is an impressive car from any standpoint. It is the best-selling roadster in the world, it’s the most produced roadster of all time and it is also the most road-raced car in the world. With the all-new, fourth-generation Miata arriving soon, Mazda has seen fit to grace the world with a new MX-5 Cup model. And I really mean grace the world. After years of being a U.S.-only, one-make race series, Mazda is opening up the MX-5 Cup races to Europe and Asia as well.

The new car builds on the decades of racing experience that Mazda has accumulated running its one-make racing series and puts it to use to create the best racer to ever wear the MX-5 badge. The car is fully race prepped with a roll-cage, stripped interior, new wheels, competition rubber and a full body kit. If you want one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get into real road racing, the Mazda MX-5 Cup car is your best bet.

Mazda just released the newest version of this machine at SEMA, and short of things like horsepower ratings, we have all the major details about this open-top racer. Just hop past the break to check it all out.

Exterior

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

If you look really closely, you will also see some small aerodynamic elements mounted high in the wheel arches of the rear tires.

The new ND already looked pretty great, but the alterations that have been made to the Cup car are incredible. The front end is more aggressive with new inlets, a new front splitter and a set of center-mounted, black hood-pins. The profile shows off the larger wheels, and there is a matching set of side skirts accenting the bottom edge. If you look really closely, you will also see some small aerodynamic elements mounted high in the rear wheel arches. The body kit continues in the back where a new rear bumper with extra venting and rear diffuser ties the tail design into the rest of the machine.

This particular model comes in Mazda’s new burgundy hue that the automaker debuted the ND with. White and black stripes that follow the natural curves of the new body help sharpen and accentuate the new shape. The large strip that starts at the top of the headlamps makes the new car look even longer and lower, adding a touch of speed and menace to the overall visual feel.

GalleryMazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

Interior

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

The driver’s seat is an aggressive racing seat that is covered in alcantara, and the fake suede material spreads to the shifter, parking brake and steering wheel.

The inside of the MX-5 Cup has been gutted like any good racecar, but Mazda was nice enough to tidy things up visually. The heavy door panels are gone, but they are replaced with thin plastic panels bearing an “MX-5” script. The top door trim that is painted to match the exterior of the car does remain however. The carpets, in-dash infotainment and passenger seat have all been removed. There are metal plates in the floors and the hole where the stereo went now holds the buckle for the center safety webbing.

The driver seat is an aggressive racing seat that is covered in Alcantara, and the fake suede material spreads to the shifter, parking brake and steering wheel. Directly behind that shifter you will find the start button, kill switch, and various toggle switches. The steering wheel is a custom unit that looks to be a smaller diameter, has better sculpting and it has been fitted with a center LCD.

The traditional safety equipment, including a roll cage with side support and a fire extinguisher where the passenger seat used to be, are all standard.

Drivetrain

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

So we have some information, just not enough.

Mazda still hasn’t released any official drivetrain specifications for the Miata aside from engine size, and that still holds true for the Cup car. Mazda did say that every Cup car would use the U.S.-specification, 2.0-liter, Skyactiv four-cylinder, but provided no word on power output or if there are any upgrades compared to stock car.

So we have some information, just not enough. The racers will come with the six-speed manual transmission rather than some fancy dual-clutch or sequential gearbox.

Conclusion

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

The ND-generation Mazda MX-5 Cup car looks great, but sadly we have little in the way of new information regarding the roadster or its powerplant. It is nice to see that Mazda is extending the racing series to more countries outside the U.S., but otherwise there is very little we have to get excited about right now. The car does look great, I am sure it will perform flawlessly, and it is a good step forward for those looking to start racing, but I wish Mazda would quit teasing us with small updates and finally drop the details and specs we have been waiting for.

LOVE IT

  • Lighter than the NC racer
  • Looks great with new livery
  • Manual transmission racecar
  • Worldwide availability

LEAVE IT

  • No word on powertrains
  • Cost will be cheap for a race car, but not exactly affordable

Gallery Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

Press Release

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.

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

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.”

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

“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.

Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

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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