2017 Mazda Miata MX

What Does Autoweek Have to Say About the MX-5 Cup Car?

Venerable publication Autoweek has put the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup racecar through its paces.

As a refresher, the car is built by Long Road Racing and is a turnkey vehicle that can be purchased for around $60,000. Long Road also makes a street-legal Miata that features many of the Cup car components while remaining legal for public roads.

Ladder Series

Mazda has two ladder systems for drivers who show success on the track – one will take a driver towards IndyCar and the other towards IMSA sports-car racing.

The automaker is proud of its racing heritage – it allowed Autoweek (and presumably, other outlets, it appears that the mag was at an event for media) to drive the Cup car in addition to all of its production fleet on a track outside of Detroit.

Autoweek's Reaction

Autoweek was complimentary to the Global Cup car, calling the steering light, quick, and communicative, and calling the vehicle’s control “perception shattering.” That’s high praise.
Suffice it to say, the author says that you, too, would want a car that’s lighter than a Miata while handling “five times” better. I haven’t yet driven a Global Cup car and may never get the chance to, but common sense suggests that the assessment is correct.

Read the rest over at AW here.

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