“It really put a smile on my face.”
That’s what Oliver Jarvis, driver of the No. 70 Mazda RT24-P Daytona Prototype international car says about his first go in a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car. Indeed, the driver of a 600hp, high-downforce prototype thoroughly enjoyed a few laps in the relatively simple MX-5-based racing machine.
“I was actually amazed,” he says. “‘I jumped in it and it was drizzling and we were on slicks, and I completely under-drove it – probably for the first five or 10 laps because I didn’t expect the amount of mechanical grip the car has. By the end of the day, I’m throwing the car about, really pushing it. The way the car behaves is incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever driven a car with so much mechanical grip.”
Jarvis experienced the car, one example of the cars raced in a variety of places including the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, at a media day in the U.K. While he didn’t test it in the heat of competition, he’s watched enough of the MX-5 Cup races to have an idea of how it might go.