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MX-5 Cup race car is your dream machine

Take a spin in the MX-5 Cup car at its inaugural race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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Emme Hall

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The inaugural MX-5 Cup race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca featured 40 starters.

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Each cup car is delivered to its owner in white, allowing for custom paint jobs or wraps.

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Turn 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is known as the Andretti Hairpin, for obvious reasons.

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No way you're going to miss this guy on the race track.

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Some teams racing in the Global MX-5 Cup run multiple cars, resulting in a crowded paddock.

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Each MX-5 Cup car runs on BFGoodrich G-Force slicks or rain tires.

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All in a row.

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Each MX-5 Cup car has a differential and transmission cooler, in addition to an FIA-approved fire-suppression system.

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The Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca features a sharp turn with a steep elevation change.

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The engine of the MX-5 Cup car remains stock save for different headers. The race car also includes a stainless steel performance exhaust and a C&R Racing aluminum radiator.

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Each car gets an ECU tuned specifically for the Global MX-5 Cup race series.

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Come on, you know you want to drive one!

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A digital dash and detachable steering wheel are part of the MX-5 Cup car , but it retains the windshield wiper stalk.

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Long Road Racing in Statesville, North Carolina builds each MX-5 Cup car. The roll bar comes stock in gray, but they'll also do a custom paint color.

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Each MX-5 Cup car keeps the same 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine as the production model.

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The stock dash remains in the MX-5 Cup, including a USB port and a 12V outlet. You know, so you can plug in your phone and live-stream the fun.

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Race shocks with adjustable rebound and compression rates and a larger front sway bar complement each other in front.

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Hey...rubbin' is racin'!

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Sam Smith in the number 53 car suffered a crash in day 2 of racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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40 cars turned up for the inaugural Global MX-5 Cup race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The second race at Watkins Glen International will have 42 starters.

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