The Mazda MX-5 Cup Series car showed off its stuff at the annual SEMA gathering in Las Vegas this year. Is this mini-wonder gearing up toward success in the racing arena? When it comes to the Miata…or…the MX-5…t is either adored or scorned. Luckily, looks do not matter much in racing, so most will have to agree that if it is simplified with lightness, it stands a chance.
The MX-5 Cup Series will emerge in 2016 and the front-runner is to be the 4th generation MX-5 car. Some compare the aesthetics of this model to a sort of mini F-Type, which is a welcome departure from the overdone Miata styling. So what does the brand have in store for the MX-5 Cup Series? Managing executive officer of global sales Masahiro Moro shed some light on the subject: “We are excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup Series and introduce them to a new global audience. It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality.”
What separates the 4th generation Cup Series from its predecessors is that it shall be sourced entirely from a single supplier. The competition circuit should boil down to the skill of the drivers, and the circuits will include North America, Europe, Asia and highlight some of the most famous tracks in existence. There is just something about driving a Mazda that makes life a little more enjoyable, and that passion will continue with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Series.