Mazda MX-5 Cup
Mazda has announced a price increase for the Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars. Starting on September 7th, the competition machine will start at $58,900 versus the $53,000 starting price of the first 108 cars. The Japanese car maker is offering loyal customers who have already purchased an MX-5 Cup car to purchase additional cars at the original price through Friday, September 16th of 2016.
The price increase does come with some enhancements to the current model. There have been a number of improvements since the car was launched with a motorsports-specific gearbox, motorsports-specific engine brackets, differential bushing inserts, addition of fuel pump-out kit per customer request and ECU hardware and software updates being the largest changes.
John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), said: “When we launched the new MX-5 Cup racecar, our goal was to provide the best value in sports car racing. We believe we have done that,” he said. “With more than 100 orders to date, many others obviously agree.”
“An old adage is that racing improves the breed, and in just the first few months of racing, we have made a few significant upgrades to ensure that the car remains a great value for many years to come. To minimize the need for mid-season rebuilds, we have switched to a motorsports-specific gearbox. While it uses many of the stock components, it is a track-only part. Likewise we have redesigned the engine brackets to better withstand the constant high-speed pounding that is beyond anything seen on the road. The bottom line, is that this car is even better than it was just a few months earlier and we expect to see even more of them on tracks around the world in the years to come.”