Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
8/21/19 2:23 p.m.
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Mazda is expanding their popular Spec Miata formula to the later, 2006-2015 NC-chassis MX-5. 

Mazda has not yet released a finalized schedule for the new-for-2020 season but notes that it will culminate in the largest prize pool on offer from a club series.

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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/21/19 2:26 p.m.

This is where old MX-5 Cup cars will go. A spec cylinder head is kinda funny given the history of SM.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/21/19 3:27 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

This is where old MX-5 Cup cars will go. A spec cylinder head is kinda funny given the history of SM.

I was thinking along the same lines. Spec cylinder head............why not just have a spec engine? Seems like that would be cheaper and easier considering what a new 2.0 engine costs, right?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/21/19 3:30 p.m.

The ND series runs a sealed engine. Seems like it would have been the easiest option for Spec MX-5. In fact, I thought that MX-5 Cup did that already, no?

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/21/19 3:54 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

The ND series runs a sealed engine. Seems like it would have been the easiest option for Spec MX-5. In fact, I thought that MX-5 Cup did that already, no?

Sorry when I said 2.0, I meant the NC engine. Just remember you talking about how cheap the longblock is new. 

I would have thought so, on the NC already just using a sealed engine. Perhaps the spec cylinder head and tune add enough oomph for the drivers to want to make them racecars? No idea. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/21/19 5:21 p.m.

I understood that you meant the 2.0 MZR engine.

It was a smart move on Mazda's part to go to a sealed engine for the NC and a whole sealed car on the ND (basically). Why you'd require a different, non-stock head for the "out of production" version of MX-5 Cup is weird. I'm guessing someone made a great sales pitch to Mazda. Heck, if you wanted to make it faster just require a sealed 2.5.

They did contact us when they were starting to put this together, trying to see what we had that might be suitable. Never really got a look in, though, all the contracts went to the old favorites.

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/21/19 6:01 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

It probably wouldn't have been worth it for FM anyway. I know you aren't short on business without supporting a race series. 

spacecadet
spacecadet GRM+ Memberand Dork
8/21/19 8:13 p.m.

this is really cool. 

_
_ HalfDork
8/21/19 11:01 p.m.

So did the price of NCs just skyrocket?

spandak
spandak Reader
8/21/19 11:04 p.m.

In reply to _ :

I’m in the market for one and I’m worried about this too. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/22/19 5:58 a.m.

No. The price of a used MX-5 Cup car might have gone up a bit, but the average street car will barely be affected. Even if this is a massive hit, it’s only going to be a small percentage of  the cars out there and they won’t be the cream puffs. 

gardnpc
gardnpc New Reader
8/23/19 5:51 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Keith, does this mean FM might get a bit more interested in supporting the NC?  Seems it's all about the NA and ND at the moment.  wink

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
8/23/19 6:14 p.m.
gardnpc said:

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Keith, does this mean FM might get a bit more interested in supporting the NC?  Seems it's all about the NA and ND at the moment.  wink

Outside of their Supercharger being out of stock, what part/parts don't they make or sell that you aren't finding?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/24/19 2:22 p.m.

I’d like to hear that answer as well. We keep getting told by NC owners that we don’t have anything for them. The NC Fox suspension we have blows away everything else on the market, even products that start with O and X based on my test drives. Brakes, the only full height roll bar on the market, exhaust, more suspension, wheels...other than boost, it’s the same suite of products as we have for the others. 

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