2019 Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car Tested by Long Road Racing


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The Global MX-5 Cup will adopt the more powerful, higher-revving engine found in the 2019 Mazda MX-5, and Tom Long, chief development driver for the series, just shook down the new race car at Virginia International Raceway.

“The additional power from the new SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine is noticeable right away,” he said, “pulling hard all the way to its new, higher redline. I think the current Global MX-5 Cup car owners will enjoy the upgrade. It has the same great chassis and handling characteristics, but now with an added punch and a larger, more usable rev range.”

While additional testing is scheduled, the 2019 Global MX-5 Cup car is available exclusively from Long Road Racing. Teams who are planning to run previous models in the 2019 season can purchase an upgrade kit from Mazda Motorsports.

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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/1/18 2:57 p.m.

Teams who are planning to run previous models in the 2019 season can purchase an upgrade kit from Mazda Motorsports.

Now that is interesting. These cars run a different ECU so they probably won't easily adapt to the street cars, but you can bet Mazda Motorsports is hearing from Miata nerds right about now.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
11/1/18 2:59 p.m.

There is a great Slipangle podcast where they talk to Longroad about developing the cars. Neat stuff. I hope the class gains speed at the club level. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
11/1/18 3:40 p.m.

Agreed. LRR is doing great work with these. They're also really helpful when you call them up.

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