Mazda has announced pricing for its MX-5 Cup race car, Madza Motorsports’ first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata.

The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car will be available in the United States at the special introductory price of $53,000 (€47,325). The race car can be ordered on, with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

The car is eligible for the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup held in North America, Europe and Asia, an entry-level professional series forming part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers to the top levels of sports car racing.

Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, as well as others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.
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Based on the all-new Mazda MX-5 production car, the Cup version adds motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. Jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC, the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car will be built exclusively by Long Road Racing.

The MX-5 Cup series champion will earn a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. In addition, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will end with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California with entrants from around the world, with the winner to be crowned global champion.
The global champion will receive a one-day test in Mazda’s top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car, among other prizes. By: carscoops