It was less than a year ago that Mazda announced their new Global MX-5 Cup Car based on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 roadster. Yet, since its release its been selling like hotcakes. Though, that shouldn’t be all that surprising when considering that a ready-to-race car could be had for just $53,000 which is almost $20k less than what it used to cost to build one from scratch. In fact with that MSRP, the current MX-5 Cup Car is arguably one of the most affordable professional race cars in the world right now. That is probably why, to date one hundred cup cars have been sold.
The 100th car was ordered by the Monticello Motor Club (MMC) in New York. The MMC has its own fleet of MX-5 Cup Cars that its members can rent for race weekends and even compete in an inter-club series. I wish there was a club like that out in California! Anyhow, when Mazdaspeed Motorsports launched the new MX-5 Cup Car program they had a modest goal to sell 50 cars within the first year. Given that they have doubled their goal in just over half the time seems to demonstrate a real demand for affordable club level race cars. Maybe other manufacturers will follow Mazda’s lead and develop similar programs so that even more people can get into professional motorsports? If not, its still nice to know that Mazda will continue to support the sport!
How many of you reading this are one of the 100 who own/race the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup Car? Do you have an older Cup car and are looking to upgrade? Have a car on order? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us @MotorworldHype.