Hype: A Brand New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Global Cup Car Can Be Yours For Just $53k

Posted on 10.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Mazda prides themselves on their involvement in motorsports.  As their popular tagline says: “there are more Mazda’s raced every weekend than any other brand.”  One of the main reasons for that is because Mazda tends to make participation in motorsports relatively inexpensive.  This was further proven today when it was announced that potential racers can have the brand new, ready to go 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup for only $53,000.  Now when Mazda says “ready to go” they mean it.  The car will come with everything needed to run an MX-5 Cup race.  The only thing the owner needs to worry about is transportation and entry fees but other than that the car needs nothing.

If you think $53,000 is a lot consider that this is the first time Mazda has sold complete race cars and if one was looking to build a Cup Car from the previous gen MX-5 they would likely end up spending anywhere from $65-70k.  This makes the new cup car a massive bargain!

That is pretty awesome for those who are looking to make their way into the MX-5 Cup Series or any other type of racing in which the Cup Car is allowed to run.  Obviously costs associated with running in a series will vary depending on how a racer goes about it.  According to Mazdaspeed Motorsports, a typical race weekend (which includes fuel, tires, fuel for a tow vehicle, hotel, food, entry fees, practice, etc.) runs about $7,000.  Again generally speaking that is a lot of money but relative to other series that isn’t too bad.

Either way, the barrier to entry when it comes to MX-5 cup racing just got a lot lower.  If you want to get yourself a race car Mazdaspeed Motorsports officially starts taking orders today on their website and deliveries are slated to begin before the end of the year.

For more info scroll below for the official press release.

Press Release:

Mazda Announces Global MX-5 Cup Race Car Pricing

– Initial Orders Being Accepted for the $53,000 Ready-to-Race 2016 MX-5 Miata –

IRVINE, Calif. (October 1, 2015) – The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most road-raced production car in the world. The reason is simple – great performance at an affordable price. The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows that formula, and will be Mazda Motorsports’ first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata. The new race car will be available at the special introductory price of $53,000. The race car ordering process begins on www.MazdaMotorsports.com with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.

Having a turnkey, ready-to-race car removes the effort of engineering and costs of fabrication, enabling the racer to focus on racing. All racers can purchase identically-built race cars so that driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. Production of the MX-5 Cup race cars starts with a street cars that receives motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional series, and is a part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers up the ladder to the top levels of sports car racing.

“For the past decade, the third-generation sports car has been competing in our own MX-5 Cup series, and has been the ideal platform to showcase driving talent in a competitive environment on high-profile race weekends,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly.”

The MX-5 Cup series champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. Additionally, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will culminate with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. with entrants from around the world to crown a global champion. A one-day test in Mazda’s top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car will top the list of prizes bestowed on the global champion.

The MX-5 Cup race car has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC. Long Road Racing will exclusively build the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car The team has evaluated key racing components and will announce several strategic component partners at a later date. Mazda factory race driver Tom Long has led the testing, along with fellow Mazda factory race driver Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch, the 2014 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup champion and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda champion. Tom Long has won races in all previous MX-5 generations, including the championship in the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, and currently co-drives the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. MX-5 Cup cars built by Long Road Racing will be eligible to compete in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) as well as many track-day clubs.

Details for the ordering process, including financing options, are available at MazdaMotorsports.com, via our social media outlets: @MazdaRacing (Twitter), @GlobalMX5Cup (Twitter) and MazdaMotorsports on Facebook.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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Hype: Mazda Will Reveal New KOERU Sports Car Concept In Tokyo.

Posted on 09.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


A while back the top brass at Mazda assured us that the rotary engine would never really go away.  Although, as time went on Mazda has yet to make anything with the prefix “RX” in front of it leading many to believe that perhaps the dream really was over.  However, we may have a new spark of hope in the form of Mazda’s new “KOERU” sports car concept that they are set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda released this teaser image (sorry for the grain but we had to up-res the photo) late yesterday to get the speculation mill turning.  Mazda said that the aim of the KOERU sports car design was to create a “modern look” while “condensing Mazda’s sports car history” into its design.  While not very much of the car is visible in the teaser shot it is still easy to see what Mazda is talking about.  The KOERU’s main line and curves all give off a very classic almost Jaguar-esque feel.  Although the rear quarter panels and curves of the tail lights remind me very much of the legendary third-generation RX-7.  Either way, I very much like what I see so far and it also gives me hope that we’ll see this as a production car some day with a rotary under the hood.

I’ll explain my theory a bit: I realize that this is just a concept and its very possible that this car will never be produced and is simply a design exercise.  However, I’d like to note a few things before I’m called a conspiracy theorist.  First, in the last decade or so, pretty much every concept that Mazda released with the exception of the “Furai”, has become a production car.  So, that is what leads me to believe this car has a very good shot at production.  What makes me think that this could be the next rotary is the fact that Mazda will be displaying a 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S next to the KOERU.  For those of you who don’t know, the Cosmo is the first rotary powered sports car Mazda ever built.  Hmm, Mazda’s first rotary being displayed next to a new sports car concept that is meant to pay tribute to Mazda’s sports car history…  Seems to me that Mazda is dropping a big hint here!

In addition to the KOERU sports car concept and the Cosmo, Mazda will also have a few MX-5’s on display including a Global MX-5 Cup spec car, a MX-5 NR-A which is described as having “party one-make race accessories”, and a special needs MX-5 that features a full suite of Hand Controls for physically challenged who do not have use of their legs.  All together Mazda’s booth should be a pretty fun place to visit.

For more info you can check out Mazda’s sparse press release below.  What do you think of the KOERU sports car concept?  Do you think this will be Mazda’s next rotary powered car?  Or do you think Mazda is just horribly trolling us all?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Company highlighting driving joy with the slogan “Accelerate toward our dreams”

  • Tokyo Motor Show exhibit to feature Mazda KOERU, Cosmo Sport 110S and more


Hiroshima / Leverkusen, 30 September 2015. In another world premiere, Mazda will unveil a new sports car concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, which opens its doors to the media on 28 October and the public from 30 October to 8 November.

Despite its modern look, Mazda’s latest creation clearly embodies the carmaker’s lineage. Designers strove to condense the company’s sports car history to as great a degree as possible into this concept. True to the theme of the carmaker’s stand – “Accelerate toward our dreams” – Mazda is also highlighting the brand’s unique approach to the joy of driving. A special motor-sport exhibition will feature two racing-spec Mazda MX-5s, while the fabled 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – the company’s first rotary powered mass-production model – compliments a display of Mazda’s convention-defying engineering legacy. The Mazda KOERU, a crossover SUV concept that debuted in Frankfurt in September, will be among the 14 models on hand at the Mazda stand alongside its award-winning model line-up featuring SKYACTIV Technology and KODO – Soul of Motion designs.

At SMART MOBILITY CITY, a regular feature of the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda will showcase safety technologies such as its innovative human machine interface, omnidirectional sensing concept, and systems developed according to the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy. The latter aims to enhance peace of mind and driving fun by helping drivers recognise potential hazards and exercise good judgment when operating the vehicle.

Mazda’s press conference takes place at 08:30 on 28 October.

Reference exhibits Mazda sports car concept model (world premiere)
Mazda KOERU (Japan premiere)*
Mazda MX-5 Global Cup racing spec model
Mazda MX-5 NR-A (with race accessories)**
Mazda MX-5 special needs vehicle with hand controls**
Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S (introduced in 1967)
Models currently available Mazda MX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda Flair Wagon (with wheelchair ramp)**
Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.5, SKYACTIV-D 2.2, SKYACTIV-D 1.5

*  On display until 3 November.
** On display from 30 October.

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Event Hype: We Visited The 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show! (Gallery)

Posted on 09.21.15 | Andrew Beckford 2 Comments


We really like going to car shows so it really sucks when several of them happen on the same day and we’re forced to choose.  Such was the case last Saturday as SubieFest, Japanese Classic Car Show 2015, and Hot Import Nights were all going down.  Not exactly at once but close enough to each other that we had to make a choice.  As the title of this post suggests we decided to go with the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) and we’re totally glad that we did!

Nothing against SubieFest or Hot Import Nights but JCCS just seemed to have a bit of everything we wanted and it was also closer so there’s that.  There was (as usual) a ton of cars at JCCS this year and great involvement from several OEMs.  Mazda brought out the new MX-5 in addition to several choice selections from their unofficial car museum.  Toyota brought out their famous James Bond 2000GT, and Honda really pulled out the stops by bringing the very first car they ever imported into the USA. Literally the first car!  It was in shambles but Honda is actually going to restore the car and document the process via social media.  They even filmed a commercial for the initiative at the show to kick things off.  To keep up with that just search the major social media networks for the #HondaSerialOne hashtag.

While the OEM presence was great, what really stole the show were rows of amazing privately owned restoration builds or resto-mod builds of everything from vintage Skylines, 240Zs, Toyota 4 runners, RX-7’s, Datsun 510’s, you name it and there was an amazing example of it in attendance.  Oh and just to illustrate how popular this show is: we arrived at the show just as it opened and the parking lot was already nearly full.  Meaning people were likely there at least an hour or more before show opening!  Parking got so packed that pretty much anyone who showed up after 10am had to park in near by downtown Long Beach and take a shuttle to the show location.

If you’ve never been to JCCS I would highly recommend you check it out next year.  Its a great event with lots of amazing cars.  Just make sure you show up early and dress for hot weather!  If you want to see some of the best cars that were at the show feel free to check out the gallery below which has over 100 pictures.  Just click any thumbnail for a larger version.


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Hype News: Mazda’s “Drive For Good” Program Donates 2016 MX-5 Launch Edition To St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Posted on 07.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


One of my favorite things is when this car hobby that we’re all a part of does something good and makes the world better for people despite if they share our interests or not. I am happy to report that Mazda and their “Drive For Good” program has donated a 2016 Mazda MX-5 “launch edition” to St Jude Children’s Hospital so that they can raise funds by auctioning off the car this weekend (Saturday July 11th). If you wanted to get your hands on the very limited (only 1,000 examples were made) launch edition MX-5’s but couldn’t get on the list then this is your chance.

The live auction will take place at the St Jude “Hope In The Hamptons” event however you do not have to be there to bid. If you want a shot at this MX-5 you can bid online live via Proxbid. The auction starts on Saturday, July 11th at 8:30pm eastern time. For more info check out the auction link and official press release below. Happy bidding!

[Auction link: www.proxibid.com/stjude]

Press Release:

Mazda Drive for Good Donates MX-5 Launch Edition to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Mazda North American Operations, through its Mazda Drive for Good program, donated a 2016 MX-5 Miata Launch Edition, one of only 1,000 made for the U.S. market, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to be auctioned at its inaugural Hope for the Hamptons event on July 11, 2015. The all-new MX-5 Launch Edition will be available for Proxibid online auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons. Prebidding for this car is available until July 11 at 8:30pm Eastern. Or, bid live online on Proxibid during the auction, beginning Saturday, July 11 at approximately, 8:30 pm Eastern. www.proxibid.com/stjude

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Hype Video: Watch A Rotary-Swapped Mazda MX-5 In The Midst Of Track Battle

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Sometimes people imagine things that make perfect sense and yet do not actually exist in any official capacity.  Why isn’t there a telephone booth that doubles as a time machine?  Why isn’t there a high-tech suit of armor that allows the wearer to fly and fight evil along side other super heroes?  Why hasn’t Mazda actually built an MX-5 roaster with a rotary engine?  While not always the case, sometimes imagination and ingenuity can provide tangible solutions to those questions.  Surely if necessity is the mother of invention then imagination must be its father, yes?

Anyhow the point I’m getting to is that sometimes if someone else doesn’t make the thing you want, then you can make it yourself.  That is exactly what Japanese tuner FEED did with the Mazda MX-5.  Considered by many to be a near perfect car when it comes to power and balance, some felt that it was missing one essential ingredient to actually make it so: a rotary engine.  For some mysterious reason Mazda never saw it fit to equip their peppy roadster with their tri-point engine.  Thus, FEED did it themselves and with quite successful results.  In the video below, Japanese drifting legend and accomplished circuit racer Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi pilots the FEED Rotary MX-5 in an all Roadster battle.  The video is just a taste but its a tasty taste.  While just an excerpt from Hot Version Vol 127, the full video can be digitally rented or purchased.  In the meantime, I suggest checking out the preview!

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Hype: A Quick Look Inside Mazda USA’s Unofficial Museum

Posted on 04.27.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


A short while ago a group of journalists (including myself) were invited to Mazda USA’s R&D headquarters in sunny industrial Irvine California get a look into their Mazdaspeed motorsports ladder and preview their upcoming season.  We even got to meet a few of their young gun drivers but you’ll get more on that in a later post.  What this post is about is what happened after the presentation.  Once the presentation was over the group was taken into what the staff at Mazda R&D refers to as “The Basement”.  Technically, its more of an underground parking garage but semantics aside, “The Basement” is pretty special.  Why?  Because it is the area in which several historically significant Mazda race cars, production cars, and concept cars are kept.   Want to see a 4-Rotor Le Mans race car?  There are two of them in the basement.  How about a super rare Miata coupe? Not hard top but a true coupe.  Yes, Virginia, it does exist.  There were also vintage race cars, and other show room stock rare production cars like the short lived all wheel drive turbo-charged 323 GTX hatchback.

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This place is a candy store for any Mazda enthusiast and the best part is they let me take pictures!  Well, I couldn’t take pictures of everything I saw down there but I shot as much as they’d let me get away with.  Just click on any of the thumbnails in this post to see a few cool pieces of Mazda history.

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Hype: The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Gets A Reasonable Price

Posted on 03.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The 2016 Mazda MX-5 roadster is easily one of the most anticipated cars in a good long while.  In fact I would argue that gearheads are just as excited for the MX-5 release as they were for the release of hypercars like the McLaren P1, LaFerrari, and Porsche 918.  The difference with the MX-5 is that it will be way more available and much more affordable.  Today Mazda has announced that the new MX-5 will have a starting MSRP of $24,995 for the “entry-level sport trim”.

This puts the ’16 MX-5 in Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ territory.  Obviously, that number will go up if buyers opt for other trims and options but for those who just one the pure MX-5 experience, the price for entry is very enticing.  The true test is if the new MX-5 will live up to the legendary reputation that precedes it.  If it does, then the other test will be if Mazda can keep up with demand.  If you don’t need a review to convince you, then I would highly recommend checking with your local Mazda dealer now to see if you can reserve an MX-5 before they sell out.

Press Release:

IRVINE, Calif., March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will start at $24,9151 in entry-level Sport trim. Mazda has instilled the latest MX-5 with the pure driving experience that has won worldwide fanfare since the arrival of the first-generation MX-5 in 1989 as a 1990 model.

Yet, the fourth-generation MX-5 provides Mazda’s latest safety features and technologies and maintains an inflation-adjusted price close to that of the original roadster. The 2016 MX-5 launches this summer and will be available in Sport, Club and Grand Touring trim levels.

“As we get closer to the MX-5’s summer on-sale date, we’re seeing a surge in interest and excitement from enthusiasts and journalists,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Already, early MX-5 reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and we expect the momentum that MX-5 has garnered to continue to build as drivers get behind the wheel of our fourth-generation sports car.”

Infused with SKYACTIV®2 TECHNOLOGY and KODO—Soul of Motion design, the 2016 MX-5 is smaller, lighter and more aggressive than its predecessor, with the base MX-5 Sport expected to outperform the sportiest previous road-going variants. However, even with its focus on delivering maximum driving enjoyment, the 2016 MX-5 boasts more creature comforts and a more functional interior than the vehicle it replaces.

For the first time, a six-speed manual transmission will come standard as well as LED headlights, USB audio input, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a leather-wrapped shift knob and power door locks.

“The three trim levels available – Sport, Club and Grand Touring – are tailored for three very different types of customers, broadening the MX-5’s appeal,” said Rod McLaughlin, MX-5 vehicle line manager, MNAO. “The Sport model is for those desiring a pure, lightweight, unadulterated wind-in-the-hair driving experience. MX-5 Club is for those seeking a more aggressive appearance and driving experience and Grand Touring models are for loyal MX-5 owners who seek premium amenities and a driving experience that only MX-5 can deliver.”

A full list of pricing information, specifications, options, packages and other information will be available at a later date.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

1 Starting price is manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).  MSRP does not include $820 destination charge (Alaska $865), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.
2 SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).

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Hype: Mazda Bringing “Club Edition” 2016 MX-5 To 2015 New York Auto Show

Posted on 03.25.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The base 2016 MX-5 isn’t even in show rooms yet and Mazda is already working on tantalizing variants!  Mazda has officially announced that there will be a “Club Edition” of the 2016 MX-5 and it will make its debut next month at the New York International Auto Show.  The concept of the club edition is relatively new and showed up a few years ago for the current generation MX-5.  The current club edition doesn’t offer much in the way of additional performance but does put together an exterior package that looks pretty sharp.

Mazda hasn’t announced if the Club Edition for the new MX-5 will also be purely aesthetic or add some function as well.  The current Club Edition was created as something of a send off for the current gen MX-5 which would explain why its strictly cosmetic.  However, with the new Club Edition coming at the beginning of the next-gen MX-5’s life cycle, I am hoping that they do more than make it look nicer.  At the very least perhaps Mazda may re-tune the suspension to make it even more nimble than the base MX-5 promises to be.

Either way, I am looking forward to see what they come up with!  Although, if I’m being honest with myself, what I really want to see is the new Mazdaspeed3 that we thought we were going to get at the end of last year.  If there was ever a time to debut the new Mazdaspeed3, it would be just before the summer kicks off.  Though, even if Mazda doesn’t reveal the new ‘speed3 at New York, there is still the possibility it could debut at the LA Auto Show this year, which would actually work out better on a personal level.  But hey, if Mazda is ready to pull the trigger I’d rather it be sooner than later.

Anyhow, I digress.  I am very curious as to how they will handle the new Club Edition.  As soon as I get more news about it I will share all the juicy details.  So stay tuned!

Press Release:

IRVINE, Calif., March 25, 2015 : Ready to join the Club? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club edition, that is.

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will be introducing the North American-spec MX-5 Club next week at the New York International Auto Show. The MX-5 Club represents the most aggressive road-going iteration of Mazda’s fourth-generation flagship roadster.

The 2016 MX-5 sheds approximately 150 lbs. from its predecessor through use of lightweight, efficient SKYACTIV®1 TECHNOLOGY, now weighing 2,332 lbs. when equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission (2,381 lbs. with the six-speed automatic). Powering all North American models will be a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV engine, rated at 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.

Shorter than the first-generation MX-5 that initially graced U.S. shores in 1989, yet wider than the outgoing model and with its engine lower and farther back in its chassis, the 2016 MX-5 is designed to deliver maximum driving enjoyment. The MX-5 Club aims to amplify that experience, harking back to the early lightweight sports cars that inspired it, but serving as a beacon for the future as a thoroughly modern, sophisticated package.

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Gaming Hype: Drive The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Early In Forza Horizon 2 On Xbox One. Then Try To Win One…A REAL One!

Posted on 03.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Heads up Forza fans.  Next week a free DLC pack consisting of the last 4 generations of Mazda MX-5 roadsters is coming to Forza Horizon 2 and that includes the brand new 2016 MX-5 that has yet to be released.  That’s right, players of Forza Horizon 2 will get a chance to “drive” the new MX-5 before its real life counterpart is available for sale.  If that weren’t cool enough, the DLC pack will also be absolutely free!  But wait there’s more!  It was also announced that when the Mazda MX-5 DLC pack, a new “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” rivals event will launch.  During this event, registered players will compete to set the fastest time in the challenge for a chance to win a real life 2016 Mazda MX-5 Roadster when its released!

Looks like its time for some serious Forza practice!  For more info on the DLC pack, the contest, and to watch the official trailer, scroll down!

Press Release:

Win a 2016 Mazda MX-5 in the Newest Free Car Pack for “Forza Horizon 2” on Xbox One

Mazda fans, if you are eager to see one of the most iconic and eagerly anticipated sports cars of recent years, you’re in luck. Next week, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its digital debut First in Forza as part of the upcoming Mazda MX-5 Car Pack! The brand new car pack features four iconic Mazda MX-5 models and will be available to download for free on “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One on March 17.

The Mazda MX-5 Car Pack features four amazing examples of the MX-5’s legacy of sporty style and thrilling driving. Starting with the car that reignited the world’s love of sports cars in the late 1980s – the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata – and featuring three other models, including the 2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20 concept car, and the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5, this pack covers more than 20 years of the MX-5’s legendary contributions to sports car history.

In addition to the launch of the free Mazda MX-5 Car Pack, we’ll be kicking off an exciting Rivals contest for “Forza Horizon 2” players on Xbox One. The Rivals contest, which begins on Tuesday, March 17 and ends on Thursday, April 30, will give “Forza Horizon 2” players the opportunity to win a real-life 2016 Mazda MX-5. Once registered*, players can set a time in the “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” Rivals event in “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One and while anyone can set a time in this Rivals event, only registered players’ times will be eligible for prizes. For full rules and conditions for this contest, please see http://rules.xboxpromotions.com/mazdatimetrials

The Mazda MX-5 Car Pack will be making its worldwide debut this month at the Mazda booth (#513) at the SXSW Gaming Expo in Austin, TX. In addition to letting fans get their hands on the Mazda cars in “Forza Horizon 2” for the first time via two interactive driving simulators pre-loaded with the Mazda MX-5 Car Pack, Mazda will also announce the winners of its recent Mazda Design Challenge contest on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for more information on the Mazda MX-5 Car Pack.

Here’s a breakdown of all four of the Mazda MX-5 models coming in the Mazda MX-5 Car pack. Plus, watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SCE3yONvOA&feature=youtu.be.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

After 25 years in production, the Miata is still doing things right. So right, in fact, that the driving experience of the latest Miata is nearly identical to the original, and that is a good thing. Sure there is more power – 200 horses vs. 116 in the original Miata – and the new model is a bit heavier, but the intuitive steering, danceable rear end, and impeccable transmission are all still there. It’s no wonder the Mazda Miata is one of the most popular and affordable paths to racing; it’s built for the role. The 2016 Miata combines the best of the modern with what’s made the MX-5 such a reliable favorite for more than two decades – a credit its identity as an instant classic from day one.

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata

When first introduced, the Miata brought back the memories or the roadsters of the past, particularly the Lotus Elan; small and nimble and full of fun, but now with Mazda reliability thrown in the mix. You could drive this little roadster to work and back all week then spend all weekend working out the kinks of the curviest roads you could find. Sure the Miata was cute, but any driving enthusiast who got behind the seat immediately became a fan. It didn’t take a ton of horsepower to provide excitement, it’s the whole package that make it a nimble joy to drive. These desirable traits are courtesy of precise steering and a supremely shift-able transmission. Thanks to Mazda’s rebirth of the affordable roadster, letting the sun shine in never felt so good.

2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5

When you have something as tried and true as the roadster formula that makes up the Mazda MX-5, it has been worthwhile to tread lightly with updates. However, add a factory-built turbo to the mix, and things can only get better. And it does, the Mazdaspeed MX-5 sprints to 60 mph in under seven seconds and turbo-lag is nearly non-existent. All around, the Mazdaspeed treatment stiffens the ride and accentuates the stability that the Miata has built a reputation for. MX-5 plus turbo equals fun factor multiplied. It’s a formula for success that any car enthusiast can figure out once you get behind the wheel of this pocket-rocket.

2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20

When the first MX-5 Miata hit dealer showrooms in 1989, it sold like hotcakes and early buyers endured waiting lists and over-sticker pricing for a chance to own the “Mazda-Experiment Project Number Five. The cars official name “Miata” was coined by product planning head Rod Bymaster. It was based on the German translation of “reward” and it’s fitting since the Miata is certainly a rewarding drive. After 20 years of market success, Mazda put together the Super20 to show off at SEMA. The Super20 was shown in 2010 in medium gray and repainted a muted yellow for 2011. Taller tires on Enkei rims, coil-overs, and front and rear anti-roll bars give the Super20 an improved ride and smart stance. The real treat is under the hood, where 200 horsepower are ready to excite, compliments of a Cosworth supercharger, ECU tune, and Racing Beat header and exhaust.

Mazda MX-5 Challenge Rivals Event Details

*To register, users must log into Xbox Live on Xbox One and navigate to any one of the following channels: Games, Music, Movies, or Apps. From there, users should click on the Mazda MX-5 ad to reach the Mazda MX-5 ad landing experience. Once on this hub, users must register to enter the contest by following the prompts on the contest page.

Once registered, players can then set a time in the “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” Rivals event in “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One. You can find this event by going to the “Monthly Rivals” item in the pause menu. While anyone can set a time in this Rivals event, only registered players’ times will be eligible for prizes. For full rules and conditions for this contest, please see http://rules.xboxpromotions.com/mazdatimetrials.


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Hype News: U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Liam Dwyer To Drive Full Time With Mazda MX-5 In Continential Tire SportsCar Challenge

Posted on 01.21.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What does a kick-ass U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant do when he is done with his military career? Join a racing team and start kicking ass there, that’s what!  Liam Dwyer (said kick-ass Staff Sergeant) has been racing for a while but only on a part time basis.  However, in 2015 he will join Freedom Autosport, a team created to honor the men and women serving in the armed forces, to race full time with teammate Andrew Carbonell in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in a Mazda MX-5 race car.

In 2011, Staff Sergeant Dwyer was injured while serving in Afghanistan and as a result became an amputee, losing most of his left leg.  Despite such a severe injury he did not let that stop him from pursing a career in motorsports and in 2014 in just his second professional outing he won (with co-driver Tom Long) the Lime Rock Park Continental Tire ST race on Memorial Day weekend, all while wearing a special prosthetic leg attachment.  Talk about inspirational!

Staff Sergeant Dwyer will have his work cut out for him this year though as he takes on the 10 race Sports Car Challenge season this year starting off later this month at Daytona and finishing in October at Road Atlanta with every race in between held at highly technical, difficult tracks, including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

I wish Staff Sergeant Dwyer luck!  If you want to follow along with him this season you can follow Liam on Twitter at @LiamDwyerRacing

Press Release:


Dwyer shifting from active duty with the U.S. Marines to full-time racer

IRVINE, Calif. (January 21, 2015) — Mazda announced the addition of Liam Dwyer as a full-time racer in the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  Dwyer stunned the racing world in 2014 when he teamed up with Tom Long to co-drive their Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 to the win in the Lime Rock Park Continental Tire ST race on Memorial Day weekend.  The win was a made for Hollywood storyline as Dwyer was competing in only his second professional race, and he was doing it with an artificial leg, having been injured while serving as a U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant in Afghanistan just three years previously.

For 2015, Dwyer will be paired up with Andrew Carbonell for the entire ten-race season beginning January 23rd at Daytona International Speedway.  Carbonell scored two wins with Freedom Autosport and Mazda in 2014.


John Doonan, Motorsports Director, Mazda North American Operations:  “While we are all impressed with Liam on so many levels, we have recruited him for the same reason we recruit any driver.  We believe that he can help Mazda win races and the 2015 manufacturers championship.  His personal story is just the icing on the cake and helps us connect with a bigger story.”

Liam Dwyer:  “I am very excited for the 2015 season. I thought things couldn’t get better after last season, but Mazda has once again shown how immensely awesome they are. To be granted a full ride in the Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 is the ultimate dream come true. And on top of that, I have one of the fastest MX-5 drivers, Andrew Carbonell, as my co-driver. I can’t thank Derek Whitis, Rhett O’Doski and everyone at Mazda enough for this opportunity.”

Andrew Carbonell:   “I am excited to be confirmed with Mazda and Freedom Autosport for the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire Challenge season. I am also proud to be co-driving with one of the most incredible racing stories recently; Marine Staff Sergeant Liam Dwyer. I have had the honor of getting to know Liam through the select races he drove with Freedom Autosport in 2014. To watch the inspiration and motivation from Liam from afar makes one understand the sacrifices one makes to follow their dreams whatever the circumstance may be. I look forward to continuing success and adding more victories together for Freedom Autosport and Mazda.”

Derek Whitis, Owner, Freedom Autosport:  “When we created Freedom Autosport, it was to honor the men and women serving in the armed forces, especially the U.S. Marines.  We are honored to have Liam join the team full-time in 2015.  Just as important, we look forward to having additional marines served other key roles on the team.”

The 2015 Continental Tires SportsCar race schedule is as follows:

Jan. 23 – Daytona International Speedway (Florida)

March 20 – Sebring International Raceway (Florida)

May 2 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Monterey, California)

June 27 – Watkins Glen International (New York)

July 11 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Toronto, Canada)

July 25 – Lime Rock Park (Connecticut)

Aug. 8 – Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin)

Aug. 22 – Virginia International Raceway

Sept. 18 – Circuit of The Americas (Austin, Texas)

Oct. 2 – Road Atlanta (Georgia)

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED

Mazda is a leading player in all aspects of sports car racing with an emphasis on endurance road racing.  Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals.  Thousands of Mazda-powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built.  Via the Mazda Road to Indy and the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy, Mazda supports racers at all levels of the sport from club racing up to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship where it races with production SKYACTIV Technology.

Mazda remains the only Asian car company to score an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1991).  Mazda has had a naming rights agreement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 2000.

Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com, with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com.  Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazda Motorsports), Twitter (@mazdaracing), Instagram (MazdaMotorsport) and www.mazdamotorsports.com

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[Source: Mazda Motorsports]

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