Tested: Mazda's Global ND MX-5 Cup Car
We recently had the opportunity to drive Mazda's soon to be released MX-5 Cup car. The Cup car is a Mazda factory coordinated effort to build a spec racer based on the new ND MX-5. The car will be sold by Mazda to racers. Mazda has been working with many racing sanctioning bodies to make the new cup car a global racing platform, class legal worldwide.
A lot of you are familiar with the popular Spec Miata class. These are Miata's modified only with class approved components. Spec Miata has become quite popular due to the low cost of building and running the cars. The rules set makes for close competition and the relatively low cost of entry means large fields of competitors to test yourself against. Want to learn how to drive fast quickly? Spec Miata is one of the best places. We have shared race groups with Spec Miata but had never had the pleasure of driving one of them before so we were really looking forward to driving the Cup Cars to see what they're all about.
Mazda Motorsports has partnered with Long Road Racing to develop the new MX-5 Cup Car. The development process has been long and detailed with over 392 different components evaluated and tested to refine the end product. 7 different tire combinations, 7 different suspension systems and 8 different brake systems were evaluated for example. The result is a car that is developed out of the box, relatively inexpensive, cheap to operate, fun to drive and most importantly consistent from car to car.
Our own Dave Coleman who is also a Mazda Engineer had a hand in the development of the car and we were super eager to hear his insight into it.