As the culmination of Mazda performance engineering, the Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar is one of the most impressive models in the industry. Handcrafted over months and designed explicitly for the track, this Cup car is made to show the full potential of the MX-5, one of the most iconic roadsters around. Believe it or not, the 100th Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar recently sold, helping Mazda to reach a historic milestone.
According to Mazda, the Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar was ordered by the Monticello Motor Club, a world premier race track and country club near New York City. The Cup car comes with 80-percent stock parts, though it does get cold-air intake and exhaust headers. The standard 2.0-liter engine powers this model, though Mazda does remove significant weight by stripping the car of its passenger seat and insulation.
“When we announced this program, we set our target at 50 cars in the U.S. in 2016,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports at Mazda. “To double that goal in less than a year is a huge endorsement by our customers that they see this car as the best value in sports car racing today. We’re thrilled that the growing market for track day cars is seeing the MX-5 Cup car as an ideal purchase.”
The Cup car also gets thick tires to better grip the track, a mandatory roll cage to meet racing specifications, and some unique badging to showcase the Cup-car design. Overall, this 155-horsepower model weighs in at just over 2100 pounds, making it a blur on the track. MX-5 Cup cars often compete annually at the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup and the Road America race among other events.