On sale since 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best-selling sports car in history. It’s also the most-raced sports car in history, boasting several variants designed specifically for drivers interested in track time. The latest is the 2016 MX-5 Cup Car, which Mazda unveiled at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Developed as an affordable, turn-key, ready-to-race platform for global competition, the MX-5 Cup Car can race in eight different Sports Car Club of America racing classes. For drivers who would rather convert a street Miata to race-ready “spec Miata” status, the automaker offers all the parts to do it: from a cold-air intake to a roll cage, an exhaust and a suspension kit.
In addition to its status as a race-ready track car, the Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Car is an integral part of the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy — a comprehensive program designed for developing race drivers. That makes the Cup Car multi-talented: an affordable, ready-to-race sports car that can also be used to help drivers learn the ropes on a race course.