Mazda is taking its aftermarket accessories to the track with the MX-5 Cup Car on display at the SEMA Auto Show this week. This model has already had an impressive racing career since its launch in 2006, thanks in part to its lean weight of 2,600 pounds and its authoritative 195 HP motor mated to a stock six-speed gearbox.
The MX-5 received a few tweaks here and there to get the sports car ready for the track. North American design director, Derek Jenkins, was assigned the task of getting this sports car, as well as some Mazda2s , another MX-5 , a couple of Mazda3s , and an RX-8 , ready for their SEMA debut.
"The versatility of Mazda vehicles is extraordinary. With just minor modifications to a stock Mazda, it can be ready for the track or a car show. Our SEMA cars demonstrate this ability; taking a vehicle from the dealership and making it a truly unique piece."
The transformation for the MX-5 began with a MAZDASPEED cold air intake system, and a 3-piece front strut tower brace for the chassis. After that it was time to put in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Devel opment MX-5 Cup kit. This kit includes double adjustable shocks, specified springs, and threaded-perch coil-overs. Every Mazda sports cars on the show floor this year run identical anti-roll bars and end links.
All this car needs now is a track to race on!
Press release after the jump.
The most road-raced car in the world — as well as being the best-selling two-seat roadster in the world – the MX-5 Miata is no stranger to the track. The MX-5 Cup is a series that pits similarly modified MX-5s together on the track. The MX-5 Cup car weighs just under 2,600 pounds and features an authoritative 195-horsepower motor. The series was launched in 2006 and has since enjoyed strong fields and close competition.
Engine Modifications: A MAZDASPEED cold air intake system is required.
Chassis Modifications: The only modification is the addition of the 3-piece front strut tower brace that comes with the sport package.
Transmission/Final Drive Modifications: The stock six-speed gearbox is used by all cars.
Suspension/Steering Modifications: The MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development MX-5 Cup kit is comprised of double adjustable shocks, specified springs and threaded-perch coil-overs. All cars also run identical anti-roll bars and end links.