Is this the first ND-gen track-goer on the used market?

Every now and then you come across an amazing car for sell on Ebay. In this case, I may have just found one of the first, if not the first, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Global Cup cars that is being offered on the used market. The car you see above has only be raced on two weekends at Watkins Glen and Road America and is said to be (and looks like it is) in like new condition. And, not only is it ready to go in races like the Battery Tender MX-5 Global Cup Series, but also in SCCA T3, SCCA MXp, NASA, and others. The seller actually has two ND Global Cup cars for sale, with the one shown here being No. 97.

The car comes equipped with an Aim dash, Onboard fire suppression system, GEM ECU, completely sealed engine, transmission, and differential, a differential and transmission cooler, weight box, removable steering wheel, and more that the seller didn’t mention in his listing. On top of that, the car comes with a space transmission that is still in the crate and has the upgraded gear set, spare wheels, rotors, brake pads, and wheel hubs. The seller is asking $53,500 for each of the two cars, which really isn’t a bad deal considering the price on the global cup car reportedly just climbed to $59,000.

The MX-5 Global Cup car uses the same SkyActiv 2.0-liter four-banger found in the standard road-going Miata, but it’s obviously heavily modified by the factory to live up to the rigors of track use. In the road-going model, it produces 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Mazda has yet to release official power output of the Cup car, but word has it that it doesn’t put out much more than the road-going model. Power probably sits right around 170 horsepower at best. As of the time of this writing, there are just three days left on the listing and 11 people watching it. So, if you’re interested in getting into a Global Cup car that comes with extras, you might want to jump on it quickly.

Why it Matters

As one of the hottest selling little roadsters on the market since 1989, it was a pretty big deal with the ND-generation, 2016 MX-5 made its debut. It was such a big deal, in fact, that it was named the 2016 World Car of the Year and received an awarded as the best World Car Design at the 2016 New York Auto Show. A worthy successor to the previous generation model, the new MX-5 featured a sleeker and sportier design than ever while still staying true to its roots as America’s favorite convertible. It also shed quite a bit of weight with this generation, now weighing just 2,332 pounds when equipped with a manual transmission. Don’t feel let down if you can’t afford to get a track-ready model, though. You can get yourself a brand-new road-going model for as little as $24,915 as of the time of this writing. The mid-level Club trim commands just $28,600, while the range-topping Grand Touring trim commands $30,065

Read our full review on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 here.

Source: Ebay

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