The ND2 Global MX-5 Cup car and conversion kits are now for sale.
It was no surprise that Mazda enthusiasts cheered the arrival of the new, higher-revving, 2.0-liter engine in the 2019 Mazda MX-5. It now brings 181 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft of torque to the party, an increase of 26 horsepower that is noticeable from the moment you hit the gas pedal. Just as noticeable is the increased rev limit, with the engine now spinning to 7500rpm.
Naturally, the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car is following suit. The first batch of ND2 race cars with the more powerful engine are in production, and the parts to convert an ND1 Global MX-5 Cup car to the ND2 spec are now available from Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing.
For the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, the ND2 will make up its own, premier class. Owners of the older cars will have their own class that also offers significant contingency payouts, including $100,000 to the class champion at season’s end. As for the ND2 in other series, the car is expected to remain in Touring 3 in SCCA Club Racing and TCA in World Challenge TC America.
Beyond being based on the new car with the upgraded engine, the ND2 Global MX-5 Cup car has enhanced drivetrain cooling, a new Bosch ECU with selectable fuel maps, transmission updates, a new grill for aerodynamics and cooling (which also makes the two models in MX-5 Cup easier to distinguish) and a variety of other enhancements.