Building upon the success of the Mazda Miata MX-5 in club racing throughout North America, Mazda Motorsports recently unveiled plans for a Spec MX-5. Designed as an affordable, reliable, tech-able and fun-to-drive option for club racers, Spec MX-5 aims to establish a nationwide ruleset and spec parts list for the 2006-2015 chassis Mazda Miata MX-5. A Spec MX-5 test vehicle built by Mazda Motorsports and driven by Andrew Carbonell and Tom Long began development in 2018 and has completed successful tests at Carolina Motorsports Park and VIRginia International Raceway.
According to Mazda Motorsports, key features of Spec MX-5 include a high level of performance by utilizing a spec cylinder head by Roush, adjustable Penske Racing shocks, ABS braking and a curb weight of 2500lbs. Additionally, there are cost and performance controls with numerous spec components including an ECU flash, Penske Racing shocks, Eibach springs and sway bars, Pagid brake pads, and more.
“Mazda Motorsports has always strived to provide a high level of support and value for its club racers,” said David Cook, Manager, Mazda Motorsports Business Development. “Spec MX-5 provides an opportunity for us to put into place many of the lessons we have learned with our other successful classes, including Spec Miata, and provide a vehicle that has a different window of performance. Much like the first- and second-generation Mazda Miata, the third-generation Mazda Miata provides an excellent foundation for a club race car and we’ve sought to create a package that will fulfill the four pillars of affordable, reliable, tech-able and fun-to-drive.”
Learn more about Mazda Motorsports’ announcement here, and check the specs here. Stay tuned to SCCA.com for additional information in the future as to where the Spec MX-5 will compete within the Sports Car Club of America® ranks.
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