2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Racing Car Costs $53,000

2016 Mazda Global MX 5 Cup Racing Car Rear Three Quarters

Want to go racing in a new Miata? Mazda Motorsports announced today that its 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup racing car will cost $53,000. While that’s double the cost of a standard, road-going 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, the MX-5 Cup is a turnkey racing car that has already been modified for entry in the new Global MX-5 Cup race series. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup is a race-ready version of the Miata that comes with safety upgrades like a roll cage, racing seat, upgraded brakes and suspension, and other tweaks to ready the car for club racing. A 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline-four engine and a six-speed manual transmission provide motivation. The car will be built for Mazda Motorsports by North Carolina’s Long Road Racing, and will be legal for a variety of SCCA and NASA club-racing series. Because all cars in the Global MX-5 Cup must closely adhere to a spec formula, Mazda says, “driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability, or fabrication skills.” It’s the same idea behind the strict rules in Spec Miata racing, the popular one-make series for the roadster. This is the first time Mazda has offered a turnkey, fully prepared racing car from the factory. Previously, racers would have to either pay a racing team to convert a Miata street car to racing spec, or buy a car themselves and perform the modifications. Mazda Motorsports spokesman Dean Case says that building the outgoing NC-generation Miata racing car could cost as much as $55,000-$70,000 if someone paid a race team to convert a brand-new car, or as little as $25,000 if racers bought a used car and undertook much of the work themselves. AUTOMOBILE contributor and Miata racer Preston Lerner notes that many competitors save money by buying more affordable, lightly used cars rather than brand-new ones when building a racing car. Mazda Motorsports plans to announce its partners for other critical components on the racing car — including the specified brakes, wheels, and tires that all racers must use — over the coming weeks. Racers can place orders for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup car now at MazdaMotorsports.com, with the first deliveries slated for later this year.

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