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Mazda previews 2016 Miata Global MX-5 Cup racer

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 5th, 2014

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At this point, we all know that the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a highly capable racing platform. Mazda even claims that the car is the most road-raced model in the world. Fittingly, then, the Japanese brand is making a huge announcement about the future of motorsport for its next-generation convertible. The MX-5 Cup is going worldwide in 2016 as the MX-5 Global Cup, and all of the racers are getting behind the wheel of the upcoming fourth-gen Miata, similar to the gorgeous redhead pictured above.

“It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality,” said Masahiro Moro, Managing Executive Officer in charge of Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Mazda in the company’s announcement.

The racing version makes its grand debut at this year’s SEMA show, although at the moment it’s really more of a concept. Mazda confirms that the racer uses the 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder, but the other important parts like tires, suspension and safety equipment are not yet determined. The cars “will be sold ready to race from a single supplier,” according to automaker’s announcement for the series.

The company has time to figure all of that out, though. The first of these one-make racers won’t hit the track in the MX-5 Global Cup until 2016 with a series of identical cars running in North America, Europe and Asia. The world championship will be at a Global Shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The grand prize will be a test in Mazda’s prototype running in the United SportsCar Championship.

Tracks, dates and other details will be announced later. Until then, click through the gallery to check out this racer from every angle, and scroll down to read the company’s announcement.

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Mazda previews 2016 Miata Global MX-5 Cup racer originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in motion for the first time

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 6th, 2014

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Mazda MX-5 Miata

By now, you’ve already poured over the details (however few there may be) and images of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. For us enthusiasts, it’s arguably the most important new car debut of the year, and for Mazda, it marks the 25th anniversary of its iconic roadster – something that’s being celebrated all weekend long out in Monterey, CA.

Our resident Miata owner, Chris Paukert, is out in sunny California and just passed along this video, showing all four generations of the MX-5 in motion (slowly), on the road at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is the first time the 2016 MX-5 has been shown driving under its own power, and it will join a wealth of other roadsters as Mazda attempts to break the world record for most Miatas in one place at one time.

Have a look at the emailed-from-an-iPhone-quality video above, and then take a moment to read Paukert’s own notes from the ND Miata’s live showing earlier this week, here.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in motion for the first time originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to be revealed on September 3 [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 3rd, 2014

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata test mule

Now in its 25th year and on the market in its current form since 2005, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been due for replacement for some time now. A mid-life facelift helped things along some in 2008, but the moment that roadster enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting is almost upon us.

Mazda has now confirmed that the 2016 MX-5 will be officially unveiled on September 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca just ahead of the “Miatas at Mazda Raceway” event, where the Japanese automaker will also display “an array of heritage, concept and motorsports MX-5s,” just as it did alongside the upcoming new roadster’s Skyactiv chassis at the New York Auto Show.

Not to leave the European and Asian markets out of the fun, Mazda will simultaneously unveil the new Miata in Spain and Japan as well. But in the meantime you can view the teaser video and press release below to keep that excitement drummed up.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to be revealed on September 3 [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda and SCRAMP extend Laguna Seca partnership

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 14th, 2012

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Mazda and the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula have extended the automaker’s naming rights of Laguna Seca for another five years. That means the famous race track in California will continue to be known as Mazda Raceway, at least through 2016. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors ratified the agreement.

The Japanese manufacturer has been instrumental in updating and improving Laguna Seca to make the facility more convenient and safer than before. Mazda helped fund additions like permanent pit lane garages and luxury hospitality suites as well as additional runoff areas on the track itself. Mazda first partnered up with SCRAMP in 2001, but the company says its ties to the track go all the way back to the ’70s, when the brand was little-known here the States. Scroll down below for the full press release.

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Mazda and SCRAMP extend Laguna Seca partnership originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 May 2012 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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