Good News For Mazda Miata Racers

The Mazda MX-5 Miata may be dismissed by those who don’t know better as a “chick car,” which is a bit of a shame considering that it’s one of the best-handling rear-drive roadsters on the market.

But it’s not just appreciated by fans on the road. It’s hugely popular on the race track as well. And to those for whom Miata means racing, Mazda has made two small announcements that could mean the world to some weekend warriors.

The first is the creation of a new racing class specifically for first-generation Miata spec racers. The Mazda Miata Heritage Cup was previously announced by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) but has now been expanded to include both the earlier 1.6-liter cars as well as the larger 1.8-liter versions that followed. So if you’ve got an NA Miata racer you’ve been longing to put on the track, your chance has come.

The first race kicks off not at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca but further south in California at Auto Club Speedway near LA. $295 gets you two hours of competitive (contact-free) track time across a two-day race weekend and test day, plus dinner for two – and is offset by a $250 participation bonus from Mazda.

More interested in racing a newer Miata? Mazda can hook yours up with a removable hardtop designed specifically for track use on the new ND-gen MX-5. This too was announced previously, but in a surprising reversal of the way things more often work, Miata has actually cut the price – and not by a little, either. So instead of $4,420, MX-5 Cup Hardtop will now cost $3,085. That’s a 30 percent discount, which will apply not only to new buyers but retroactively to anyone who’s already ordered one, and that extra $1,335 can be well put towards tires and fluids.

“We want to see as many Mazdas on racetracks in as many series possible, so this will undoubtedly help,” said Mazda Motorsport manager David Cook, championing what is “already one of the best bangs for the buck in motorsports today.”

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  • SteersUright

    The only reason the miata has no street cred is because Mazda never puts out any truly mind-blowing variant of it. Something that exactly resembles the Spec Racing car, with the big wheels pushed all the way to the corners, serious aero, and 250+ hp, akin to a cut-price Porsche Boxster S alternative that can actually keep pace with it.
    If we continue to be relegated to dainty, cute (still no doubt very fun) versions of the Miata, then perception will remain that they are cute “chick cars”, as stated in the article.

    • antbee

      Lord knows they cost enough, up here in Canada, anyway, for Mazda to offer something like that, but the RF would be fine with me, but they are almost $50,0000. If the regular Miata is offered with a removable hardtop, I’d consider that one, too.

    • Vassilis

      Thankfully we’ve got BBR for that 😀

  • Vassilis

    Amazing price for an entry fee!