"There's an easy way to sum up the MX-5: less is more."
We all knew this was coming but Mazda has managed to surprise us by revealing it sooner than expected. The all-new fourth-generation MX-5 will once again compete on the track, only this time it’ll have its own one-make Global Cup racing series. Officially debuting at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas is the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup racecar. You can immediately see that it’s been given the proper motorsport treatment.
Mazda made numerous modifications such as a lowered ride height, enhanced wheel arches, roll cage and various aero tweaks. Power will come from the SkyActiv 2.0-liter four banger.
For now, Mazda hasn’t revealed additional details such as suspension modifications and other upgrades. Those are expected sometime early next year after initial testing is completed. But what should really be interesting is the new Global Cup racing series, where all competitors will race identically prepared MX-5 Cup cars. "We’re excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and introduce them to a new global audience," stated Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s global marketing boss. "It’s 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."