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    Default Mazda Announces Global MX-5 Cup Race Car Pricing

    - Initial Orders Being Accepted for the $53,000 Ready-to-Race 2016 MX-5 Miata -

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    IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most road-raced production car in the world. The reason is simple - great performance at an affordable price. The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows that formula, and will be Mazda Motorsports' first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata. The new race car will be available at the special introductory price of $53,000. The race car ordering process begins on MAZDASPEED MOTORSPORTS DEVELOPMENT - Home Page with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

    2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Race Cars
    Having a turnkey, ready-to-race car removes the effort of engineering and costs of fabrication, enabling the racer to focus on racing. All racers can purchase identically-built race cars so that driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. Production of the MX-5 Cup race cars starts with a street cars that receives motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional series, and is a part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers up the ladder to the top levels of sports car racing.

    "For the past decade, the third-generation sports car has been competing in our own MX-5 Cup series, and has been the ideal platform to showcase driving talent in a competitive environment on high-profile race weekends," said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly."

    The MX-5 Cup series champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. Additionally, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will culminate with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. with entrants from around the world to crown a global champion. A one-day test in Mazda's top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car will top the list of prizes bestowed on the global champion.

    The MX-5 Cup race car has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC. Long Road Racing will exclusively build the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car The team has evaluated key racing components and will announce several strategic component partners at a later date. Mazda factory race driver Tom Long has led the testing, along with fellow Mazda factory race driver Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch, the 2014 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup champion and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda champion. Tom Long has won races in all previous MX-5 generations, including the championship in the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, and currently co-drives the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

    Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. MX-5 Cup cars built by Long Road Racing will be eligible to compete in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) as well as many track-day clubs.

    Details for the ordering process, including financing options, are available at MazdaMotorsports.com, via our social media outlets: @MazdaRacing (Twitter), @GlobalMX5Cup (Twitter) and MazdaMotorsports on Facebook.

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    Wow, I thought these were going to be more like $45k. Is there really $30K worth of upgrades over the $25K base car?

    I guess if you have the coin to race in the series, the price of admission isn't too bad. At that price, if I had the money, I think I'd look at the NASA prototype. What's another $20k at that point?
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    That is very cool. I really appreciate Mazdas approach to a grass-roots community. I cant imagine there is a whole lot of money in this for them; but its good too see they can and do put a $$$ value on 'credibility' (for lack of a better word) inside what is a relativity niche community.

    $50k is small beans for something that fasttracks whats typically takes a HUGE chunk of cost and time. Especially for a hobbiest racer that's looking to move up. I'm sure the info is out there if I cared to look- but what is the cost of a mid pack spec miatia prepared car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    Wow, I thought these were going to be more like $45k. Is there really $30K worth of upgrades over the $25K base car?

    I guess if you have the coin to race in the series, the price of admission isn't too bad. At that price, if I had the money, I think I'd look at the NASA prototype. What's another $20k at that point?
    Keep in mind part of the price of the car will be funding the pro series and that $200k prize at the end of the year. Where does that prototype take you if you win?

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    Quote Originally Posted by illwillem View Post
    That is very cool. I really appreciate Mazdas approach to a grass-roots community. I cant imagine there is a whole lot of money in this for them; but its good too see they can and do put a $$$ value on 'credibility' (for lack of a better word) inside what is a relativity niche community.

    $50k is small beans for something that fasttracks whats typically takes a HUGE chunk of cost and time. Especially for a hobbiest racer that's looking to move up. I'm sure the info is out there if I cared to look- but what is the cost of a mid pack spec miatia prepared car?
    Build or buy used?

    Buy used you can midpack for <$10k, easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerJason99 View Post
    Keep in mind part of the price of the car will be funding the pro series and that $200k prize at the end of the year. Where does that prototype take you if you win?
    What will it cost to campaign one of these cars for a season to win the $200k. I've heard $100k for a season of MX-5 Cup. Then you have to actually win which is something I don't know much about when it comes to auto racing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerJason99 View Post
    Where does that prototype take you if you win?
    If the same rules apply to the NASA Prototype that apply to every other Mazda and Mazda-powered car in NASA and SCCA racing, wouldn't it earn you a spot as a semifinalist for the Mazda Club Racer Shootout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    If the same rules apply to the NASA Prototype that apply to every other Mazda and Mazda-powered car in NASA and SCCA racing, wouldn't it earn you a spot as a semifinalist for the Mazda Club Racer Shootout?
    So you spend $20k more to buy the prototype, and only have a shot to get invited to the shoot-out for the series the other car is already running in? Seems like the wrong place to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    What will it cost to campaign one of these cars for a season to win the $200k. I've heard $100k for a season of MX-5 Cup. Then you have to actually win which is something I don't know much about when it comes to auto racing.
    Even the guys finishing down the order are getting something in MX-5 Cup. Just for starting an MX-5 Cup race you get $500 in Mazda parts credit, which covers your $499 entry fee. There is no such thing a cheap Pro racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerJason99 View Post
    So you spend $20k more to buy the prototype, and only have a shot to get invited to the shoot-out for the series the other car is already running in? Seems like the wrong place to start.
    The NP01 is $65k, so I'm not sure how that equals $20k more than the MX-5 Cup car. I do know there is going to be great racing in both series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    The NP01 is $65k, so I'm not sure how that equals $20k more than the MX-5 Cup car. I do know there is going to be great racing in both series.
    I mentioned $20k in post #2 so that's my fault. Wow, so the prototype is only $10k more than this global car. As much as I love Miatas, I'd get the prototype if I were spending that kind of money on a pre-built race car.
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    Your math is still wrong. It's $12k.

    I have seen both these cars up close and talked to the people behind the programs. The spec is extraordinarily tight. Engines and ECMs are impenetrable without detection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    Wow, I thought these were going to be more like $45k. Is there really $30K worth of upgrades over the $25K base car?

    I guess if you have the coin to race in the series, the price of admission isn't too bad. At that price, if I had the money, I think I'd look at the NASA prototype. What's another $20k at that point?
    Agreed! Won't pay $53k for a $25K car. Just think if you stripped out a base what that would cost wholesale then wholesale of the race parts. Someone is trying to make some money there on us rich racercar drivers. Wasn't the BMW 2 series factory racer under $80k? I would rather buy that. Out of curiosity with all that SM is why didn't the factory go to sealed motors to avoid the super expensive motor builds and all the drama in tech after races over the motors?

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    The MX-5 Cup engines are sealed. ECMs too. This is entirely separate from Spec Miata.

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    I was thinking the same about the price tag between the two new Mazda race cars. At first thought, I would have to with the prototype myself.
    Then I started thinking about when I was working at Tri Point and we were building the Protégée, for Speedvission WT. After all was said and done. They cost close to 60k and that was in 2002.

    I think even if you build a GT1 or GT4 car. The chassis cost about the same. Wheels and motor are close too. But the cost of running a GT1 car is a LOT more. Tires and fuel gets used up quickly in a GT1 car.

    But between the Mazda's. I don't see consumable's being that different.
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    20k and a couple of hundred hrs of labor. Np01 comes as a kit and 'some assembly is required'.


    Quote Originally Posted by RacerJason99 View Post
    So you spend $20k more to buy the prototype, and only have a shot to get invited to the shoot-out for the series the other car is already running in? Seems like the wrong place to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markn View Post
    20k and a couple of hundred hrs of labor. Np01 comes as a kit and 'some assembly is required'.
    100 hours at $100/hr so $10K?

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    Both the MX-5 GCC and the NP01 are well priced... the SM price comparisons are silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Both the MX-5 GCC and the NP01 are well priced... the SM price comparisons are silly.
    (dickhead time)
    Silly, but incredibly relevent. Why buy a MX-5 GCC or NP01 when there is already a much more competitive class you can do well in for 1/4-1/3 the price?

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