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New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Racer Looks Sweet

America’s favorite race car looks the part in new duds.

The legend goes that when racing is the question, Miata is the answer. Miata’s are raced all over the U.S. every weekend in local and national events. At the amateur level Miatas make great parking lot auto-cross racers, and at the professional level, the Battery Tender Miata MX-5 Cup pits some of the country’s best road-racers against one another on the country’s best racetracks. The all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata Cup car was revealed recently at, where else, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations, commented on the new Cup racer, saying, “For Mazda, this weekend is the perfect blend of past, present, and future. We are celebrating our motorsports heritage on the track with our vintage race cars. We are showcasing our current line-up of race-inspired products in our consumer display in the paddock, and with this pace car, we are giving a glimpse into the 2016 racing season when the latest MX-5 Miata will be racing in the Global MX-5 Cup.”

The current season ends in September at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The new, 2016 season featuring the new cars starts after the first of the year. The new cars will have a slightly better power to weight ratio despite the new cars’ 155hp engine, down from 167 hp in the outgoing car. The new cars will be sold directly by MazdaSpeed Motorsports and shipped fro the Hiroshima factory.

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