The iconic Mazda MX-5 has been racing ever since it revived the idea of an affordable two-seat roadster after its unveiling at the 1989 Chicago auto show.
Brilliant handling, cat-like agility and utterly dependable, the MX-5 has been slaying more powerful rivals on the road and track for years.
Even this author has raced against MX-5’s in the West Coast based PRO3 series and rates them highly, especially in the tighter tracks, where brute power is no match for the nimble Mazda.
Mazda has even bigger plans for the upcoming the all-new, fourth-generation MX-5 when it comes to the racetrack. It has decided to tie MX-5 racers from across the planet into a global one-make series: the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup.
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The series will feature identically prepared MX-5 racecars competing in the same championship across Europe, Asia and the United States.
The top place-getters from series will then come together for a winner-takes-all shoot-our at California’s challenging Laguna Seca Raceway – with the prize being a test in the Mazda Tudor United States Sports Car Championship Skyactive prototype.
Mazda Australia’s marketing boss, Alistair Doak is keen to explore Aussie participation in the series, but says it’s still early days at this point.
“It’s still a work in progress, as I don’t think the other regions have really nailed down what they’re doing, except for the US that has already secured an engineering partner to race prep the cars for that market”, he commented.
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“Given that we are already well into 2015, we are probably looking at 2017 as the earliest likelihood for an Australian series debut”, he added.
“At this stage, we would expect to import fully built race cars, rather than have them prepared here”, Doak concluded.
Toyota has already committed to a one-make championship with its 86 model, which might make it difficult for Mazda to get a rival series up should they dilly-dally for too long.