Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mazda MX-5 Cup

Mazda Reaches Milestone with 100th Mazda MX-5 Cup Racecar

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.

how to cool your car in summer

How to Cool Your Car in Summer: Windows Down vs. A/C

During summer, drivers are always searching for the best ways to cool down their cars, whether you are rolling the windows down or cranking up the air conditioning. However, one of these methods uses significantly more fuel than the other. Read on to see how to cool your car in summer.

Rolling the windows down is usually how people cool their car when they first get in it. According to Slate, however, having your windows down can increase drag and lower fuel economy. Drag is created when airflow is restricted, allowing for more friction, therefore slowing your car. Thanks to a 2008 study performed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), it was revealed that around 68 miles per hour—roughly highway speeds—having the windows down is actually less efficient than using the air conditioning.

The air conditioning saps power from the engine because it operates by drawing power from the powertrain. Generally, having the air conditioning on reduces gas mileage by about 10 to 20 percent; nevertheless, at highway speeds, you may actually lose more efficiency by rolling the windows down.

What’s the answer? At low speeds, especially in the city, try and roll your windows down to get cool in the summer. When you hit the highway, switch on the air conditioner and roll up the windows. The SAE study is especially true for SUVs and crossovers, which tend to have more surface area. On small, aerodynamically designed models, though, your results may be slightly different.