Mazda swings the green flag

Las Vegas ( USA ), November 7, 2014

The Mazda MX - 5 is a worldwide bestseller. The little roadster sold since its first publication in 1989, almost a million times. Recently, the fourth generation of Japanese front - mid-engine car was unveiled, which rolls into the merchant fleet from the third quarter of 2015.

Own worldwide racing series

But when will the new start in racing? The answer to this question was Mazda now during one of the craziest Tuning fairs in the world, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The automaker had announced there that the new generation MX - 5 (as the current model ) will have its own worldwide racing series from 2016. The " Global MX - 5 Cup Racing Series " will be held annually in North America, Europe and Asia. Which routes are exactly on the plan, to be announced. But this much is certain: All race participants will compete with identically equipped vehicles against each other.

Intensive development phase of the year

The final vehicle specifications are not fixed yet. Mazda reveals only so far that the Cup Racer is powered by a two-liter Skyactive - G engine with four cylinders. At the turn of 2014/2015 Mazda Motorsports then goes into an intensive development phase and is responsible for the proper tires, chassis and transmission tuning, safety equipment, and a further weight optimization. During the year 2015, the finished car will be presented with all the technical data.

The beginning and the end

What is the one of the top for the other end: The third and still current generation MX - 5 will begin in March 2015 and the last final season of the expiring " Battery Tender Mazda MX - 5 Cup ". In October, the season ends and from 2016, the " old " Roadster will only start in club racing. (ml)