2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Racing Car Costs $53,000
Because all cars in the Global MX-5 Cup must closely adhere to a spec formula, Mazda says, “driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability, or fabrication skills.” It’s the same idea behind the strict rules in Spec Miata racing, the popular one-make series for the roadster.
This is the first time Mazda has offered a turnkey, fully prepared racing car from the factory. Previously, racers would have to either pay a racing team to convert a Miata street car to racing spec, or buy a car themselves and perform the modifications. Mazda Motorsports spokesman Dean Case says that building the outgoing NC-generation Miata racing car could cost as much as $ 55,000-$ 70,000 if someone paid a race team to convert a brand-new car, or as little as $ 25,000 if racers bought a used car and undertook much of the work themselves. AUTOMOBILE contributor and Miata racer Preston Lerner notes that many competitors save money by buying more affordable, lightly used cars rather than brand-new ones when building a racing car.