Last year, Mazda announced it would expand its Global MX-5 Cup series to Japan. With racing there now underway, Mazda wants to grow the cup into a truly global racing series.
“Our hope is now to do the same in Europe and Australia and ultimately have a season-ending cup for drivers from around the world to come together for one championship,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations, according to Automotive News.
Mazda started the Spec Miata series in 2006, calling it the Mazda MX-5 Cup before changing the name in 2016. Since the race car went on sale in October 2015, Long Road Racing, which supplies the modified cars for U.S. the series, has sold about 150 examples.
For under $60,000, the Global MX-5 Cup race car is one of the cheapest ways to race. If Mazda expands the series as it intends, expect both the competition and the racing to gain popularity.