LAS VEGAS -- Mazda has been generating excitement around the fourth generation of its MX-5 model, known in the US as the Miata, all year. CNET got a look at, which goes on sale next year as a 2016 model, at a special event in September. Now, at the SEMA aftermarket auto parts show in Las Vegas, Mazda announced a race series for the new car.
To highlight the announcement, Mazda showed off a concept, the MX-5 Global Cup car, as an early look at the cars that will race in the series.
The MX-5 model will be offered with a variety of engines around the world, but Mazda confirmed that the MX-5 Global Cup cars will use the two-liter, four-cylinder, direct-injection SkyActiv engine, similar to what will be offered in the production MX-5 in the US. Mazda has not yet specified other equipment, such as tires and suspension components, for the Global Cup cars. They will, of course, come with safety equipment, such as a roll cage.
A spokesperson said that Mazda will specify a single supplier from which racing hopefuls, from amateur to professional, can buy the MX-5 Global Cup cars.
The MX-5 Global Cup races will take place in Europe, Asia and North America. The final race, a shoot-out between winners in the series, will be held at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in California.