Global Cup won’t runneth over
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…