It’s Monterey Car Week in California and it’s one of the many opportunities to automakers to reveal some new cars, thanks to all the media attention focused on the event.
And that’s exactly what happened with Mazda, who just unveiled the latest Cup version of the Miata MX-5. If you follow Road&Track’s Travis Okulski, you would know that the answer is always Miata, and that’s particularly true with the Cup version of the latest MX-5, in the application of motorsports.
The Miata has always been a top choice for autocross and weekend track day enthusiasts, for its simple, lightweight construction, rear-wheel drive, and endless tuning capabilities and aftermarket support. Mazda knows this and they’re embracing it.
This particular Cup Edition is destined to serve duty at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where a fleet of these cars will be put to use to gather data and information about the Mazda’s real-world performance on the track. It’ll also provide insight to the Miata’s durability in a track situation.
Mazda themselves didn’t exactly say what’s different about this Cup Edition mechanically, if anything. But they did say that this version is dedicated to paying homage to Mazda’s motorsports heritage.
For the press blast, read on below.
MAZDA RACEWAY IS READY TO PACE THE FUTURE
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 13, 2015) – Mazda Motorsports used the annual car-fest known as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to roll out the first production 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car. This particular vehicle is guaranteed to lead races as it will be the newest pace car in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca fleet of Mazda safety vehicles.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows a 26-year history of the MX-5 Miata in motorsports. The first race cars to be sold to customers will be used in the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup, known in the U.S. as the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. With the 2016 racing season still many months away, placing the first production race car into pace car duty allows Mazda to gather additional durability data while showcasing it in front of one of the most influential motorsports crowds of the year.
“For Mazda, this weekend is the perfect blend of past, present, and future,” noted John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations. “We are celebrating our motorsports heritage on the track with our vintage race cars. We are showcasing our current line-up of race-inspired products in our consumer display in the paddock, and with this pace car, we are giving a glimpse into the 2016 racing season when the latest MX-5 Miata will be racing in the Global MX-5 Cup.”
The graphics design was completed at the Mazda Design studio in Irvine, California, and applied by StickyFingers Design.
The 2015 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing season will conclude on September 11-13 with the Mazda Road to Indy, and Pirelli World Challenge finales.
– By: Chris Chin