At $53,000, Mazda’s new turnkey Miata race car is a heck of a deal

2016 MX5 Mazda Miata global spec race car

Less wrenching, more racing for Global MX-5 Cup competitors

Mazda has announced pricing on the race-spec version of the new 2016 MX-5 Miata for the Global MX-5 Cup racing series, and it is extremely reasonable. At the special introductory price of $53,000, that’s only 30 grand more than a base Miata — for a hand-built race car, that’s a bargain.

Previously, racers would have to take their base Miatas to race shops, or be talented enough to perform most of the modifications themselves on a used MX-5. This difference in car creation caused fundamental differences in the cars and cost of involvement. Thanks to Mazda and development partner Long Road Racing’s involvement, the cars will be more uniform, which is the entire point of a spec-racing series.

To build the car, stock MX-5s are taken to Long Road Racing’s Statesville, North Carolina, facility and torn down. Pre-engineered roll cages are welded in, allowing for optimum rigidity and safety, and then other racing and performance modifications are done to ensure a level playing field for all competitors. A race-spec radiator keeps the hopped-up 4-banger cool, while a stainless-steel header quickly moves away exhaust gases. Other mods are performed, but Mazda has yet to release official notes.

Assembly pic

John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations, said about the new MX5: “With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly.”

The bad news is that sales priority goes to current competitors in the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Cup and those who are guaranteed to perform in next year’s racing season. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional racing circuit and part of Mazda’s Road to 24. For more information on the car and the series, visit mazdamotorsports.com. 

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