Global Cup won’t run­neth over

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De­spite some ex­cite­ment to the con­trary in the US me­dia, it seems un­likely that Mazda’s Global Cup race cham­pi­onship will be cross­ing the At­lantic to ei­ther the UK or Europe any­time soon.

The Amer­i­can-pre­pared mk4 race cars and their at­ten­dant race se­ries are be­ing touted as the tem­plate for MX-5 mo­tor­sport around the world. The cars are shipped from Ja­pan and con­verted for the track ex­clu­sively by Long Road Rac­ing in Statesville, North Carolina. Teams com­pet­ing in the Us-only Bat­tery Ten­der Global MX-5 Cup can only buy com­plete cars. All the rac­ers are built to ex­actly the same spec­i­fi­ca­tion to pro­mote fair rac­ing and strin­gent an­ti­ta­m­per­ing tests are con­ducted at ev­ery race meet­ing, right down to ECU in­ter­ro­ga­tion and flu­ids anal­y­sis.

There’s no of­fi­cial line on why Bri­tain and Europe aren’t em­brac­ing the Global MX-5

Cup, but you could spec­u­late that while MX-5 sales over here are ro­bust, they are at nowhere near the lev­els that would jus­tify an ex­pen­sive race se­ries. And Mazda North Amer­ica’s in­sis­tence that all of the race cars be built by Long Road Rac­ing, would add a fur­ther costly ship­ping charge to the MX-5 Cup car’s $58,900 (£46,232 ap­prox.) price tag.

Some lessons from the Global MX-5 Cup car could be use­ful on this side of the At­lantic, though. While the racer uses a pretty much stan­dard 2.0-litre en­gine, jour­nal­ists who have driven the car say that its sus­pen­sion and brake mods make it feel like the ul­ti­mate tuned mk4 MX-5: time to check out the spec sheet, per­haps…

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