Mazda Unveils the Next-Generation Race-Spec MX-5 Miata
By: Brad Nevin | Ford Communications Network
Mazda recently unveiled the next-generation race Spec MX-5 Miata with more grip, more power and more stopping ability. For more information on MAZDASPEED Motorsports, visit mazdaspeedmotorsports.com.
DEARBORN, Mich. -- According to Mazda, the fastest-growing road-racing class in the United States is the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Spec Miata class. On any given weekend across the country, more than 1,000 identically prepared Miatas, more than any other brand of vehicle, compete on American racetracks.
Satisfying the market for a lightweight, affordable race car, Mazda recently unveiled the next-generation race Spec MX-5 Miata.
"With the all-new 2006 Mazda MX-5 as a starting point, it was easy for us to create the fastest, best-handling and most comprehensively prepared Spec Miata yet," said Steve Sanders, manager, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development. "The combination of a tuned suspension, a willing engine and consistent braking means Miatas always have made terrific racecars. With more grip, more power and more stopping ability, the new MX-5 is the perfect starting point to be the very best Miata racecar yet."
The all-new 2006 MX-5 Miata is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder MZR engine. In stock trim, it produces 170 horsepower at 7000 rpm and a very flat and usable torque curve peaking at 140 lb-ft. at 5000 rpm.
Mazda looked to a number of suppliers and partners to turn the Spec MX-5 into a racecar. The list of contributors is a who's-who of the racing community:
The engine has a Racing Beat stainless steel header and exhaust system. The Spec Miata also uses Idemitsu racing lubricants for the engine, transmission and differential.
The suspension has Racing Beat swaybars, MAZDASPEED shock absorbers and springs, Racing Hart 18 x 7.5-inch wheels and Hankook Ventus DOT-legal racing tires shaved to racing depth.
Inside, there's an AWR custom-designed and fabricated six-point rollcage, an AiM Sports MXL Pista custom dash display and data-logger and a Sparco racing seat, steering wheel and six-point racing harness. The interior also features Maziora custom-blended paint from Nippon Paint.
MAZDASPEED plans to use this car as a prototype to further develop the components that will transform the MX-5 for the 2006 race season. As testing continues, some of these parts may change as MAZDASPEED tries to balance cost versus performance.
The SCCA's Spec Miata series is an affordable, entry-level nationwide class where amateur drivers can compete in inexpensive, identically prepared first- and second-generation Miatas. All regions of the country use similar rules and regulations, a format that lets drivers compete and compare scores nationally. Components for the cars are sold directly through MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development at mazdaspeedmotorsports.com.