Mazda has released images of a racing version of the new MX-5, which is set to compete in a brand new racing series launching in 2016.
The all-new MK4 MX-5 was revealed earlier this year at the Paris Motor Show. It has been made 100kgs lighter thanks to a new lighterweight chassis, and has a new masculine facelift.
Mazda Global MX-5 Cup
The new Mazda Global MX-5 Cup racing series is set to take place throughout the US, Europe and Asia and will be roarding around race tracks starting in 2016.
Like the current MX-5 Cup series using the current third-generation cars, the race will be populated by fleets of identically-prepared legendary roadsters, complete with rollcage, decals and door bracing. The result should be a tantalising race!
Additional features of the race ready cars include more aerodynamic body styling for the racing version, and will include a rear spoiler and diffuser. Inside, instead of having two front seats, there will be just the one race seat.
Mazda has yet to announce the exact spec for the racing version of the all- new MX-5, but we do know that they will come with a slightly tweaked 2.0-litre petrol SKYACTIV engine and include suspension and brake upgrades.
Traditionally a popular racing car, the new track MX-5 will be sold “race ready” from a single supplier across the globe to drivers looking to enter the races.
Meanwhile,, we expect the production version of the all-new MX-5, to land on dealership forecourts mid next year. Although pricing has yet to be confirmed by Mazda, it’s expected to retail starting from £20,000.
The all-new MX-5, which was unveiled in a hugely anticipated simultaneous launch event at several locationsaround the world, features SKYACTIV technology along with along with Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system and i-ACTIVSENSE safety kit.
With a well deserved reputationb as the best selling two seater sportscar of all time and one of the greatest driving cars on earth, the MX-5 was recently awarded “The most fun ca”r at the 2014 What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards.
Peter Allibon, Sales Director of Mazda UK said: “Fun-to-drive characteristics are at the very heart of our legendary and immensely popular Mazda MX-5 sports car. That popularity is just as strong today as it was more than two decades ago.”