Flis Performance of Daytona Beach, Florida, has been selected by Mazda Motorsports to continue building the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Car, following Long Road Racing closing its doors a few months back.
Holding the momentum of celebrating the Miata’s 30th anniversary of its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, as well as a successful 2019 Miata Reunion at Laguna Seca, Mazda has announced its expanded U.S. MX-5 Miata Restoration Parts Program.
This was a fun one to film! Spec Miata racer and M1 Concourse Track Manager Alex Della Torre and POV hot shoe Chris Amos battle it out on track.
Ride with Winding Road Magazine in this POV Video of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata GT with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine that produces 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb/ft torque at 4,000 rpm.
When Masahiro Moro, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations took the stage at this year’s New York Auto Show to unveil the new MX-5 RF, he summed up how Mazda differentiates itself from other automakers when he delivered this gem: ”Other companies have become quite successful by not caring if their cars are boring or not.”
I’ll start off by saying that you can’t go wrong with either one of these cars. Because honestly, it’s tough to say which one is more fun to drive. Ultimately, power and refinement set these two generations apart.
For first time ever Mazda Motorsports, in a collaborative effort with Long Road Racing, has developed and will be selling race-ready MX-5 Cup cars straight from the company’s factory in Hiroshima. The all-new ND-generation racers will be delivered with sealed motors and encrypted race-spec ECUs to prevent tampering, as the Cup cars also usher in Mazda’s new global racing series that will be held in North America, Europe and Asia, all in identical spec-tuned versions of the new Cup car.
The rollout of Mazda’s all-new fourth generation sports car has been an exercise in patience. Years of anticipation led into a series of teasers that often provided little detail, if any. But when the automaker did start to roll out specifics, as brief as they were, it became obvious that Mazda was well aware of just how important this car was to performance enthusiasts on and off the track.
Get a closer look at the upcoming all-new fourth generation MX-5 as Multimedia Editor Chris Amos spends some time with the upcoming ragtop at week’s North American International Auto Show. According to Mazda, the new MX-5 sheds some 220 pounds from the outgoing car, and is “the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far.”
Pro and club racer Andrew Carbonell recently sat down with the folks at Mazdaspeed to discuss the finer points of braking techniques to help maintain your pace. The most important aspect of the braking process differs depending on who you ask. Some say that the key to being fast is how soon you get on the throttle, while others will tell you it’s how late you get on the brakes. But for Andrew it’s not about getting on the brakes or on the throttle, it’s about when you get off the brakes that matters the most.
While we all anxiously await the arrival of the next MX-5, we also should take a moment to reflect on the fact that the current Miata is a excellent sports car in its own right. Here we find ourselves behind the wheel of a third generation MX-5 in Club trim, Mazda’s subtle nod to the Miata’s strong following in amateur club racing. This particularly racy package includes side stripes, Gunmetal Black 17 inch wheels, black headlight bezels, a front lip spoiler, a rear diffuser, body color matched interior trim pieces, and red stitching to go along with the requisite badging inside and out.
Mazda has been teasing us with tidbits on the long-awaited fourth generation Miata for quite some time now, but it looks like our wait is nearly over. We saw the chassis and drivetrain at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, which promises weight reduction, a revamped multilink rear suspension, and a bump in power. What we didn’t get was a proper debut of the complete car – or even a promise of when that might be.
While we were hoping for a proper debut of the fourth generation Miata at this year’s New York Auto Show, when it comes to the forthcoming all-new Miata, we’ll take what we can get. And what we get is word from Mazda that the Skyactiv chassis of the newest MX-5 will be leaner, meaner, and more honest to the original intent of the diminutive sports car.
Recently we spent a week with Subaru’s diminutive rear drive coupe and we came away with a bit of insight regarding the facts and fiction surrounding the
This week Chris Amos goes for a ride in a Mazda MX-5 that’s gained some serious motivation by way of an LS1 V8 sourced from a 2004 Pontiac GTO. Shortly after this stripped out beast was built, the owner came out to Gingerman Raceway to do some testing and get a feel for the car. We take you along for this slightly terrifying, but awesome, ride.
In 1979, auto journalist Bob Hall suggested Mazda produce a small two-seater roadster inspired by the rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo, MG and Triumph sports cars that ruled the roads in the 1960s. Whether Hall accurately predicted the shrinking roadster market would all but collapse over the following years is a point of debate, but his advice was of paramount importance to Mazda’s future.