Mazda MX-5 Global Cup racing series to begin in 2016

Mazda will start a global one-make racing series, starring its own MX-5 (nee Roadster in Japan and formerly the Miata in the US). The series will begin in 2016 with multiple series running concurrently around the world.

At the end of the season there will be a Global Shootout at the Mazda Laguna Seca raceway in California.

All cars participating in the Global MX-5 Cup will be identically prepared to keep costs under control and the racing down to driver skill.

Details about where races will take place, as well as the scheduling, have yet to be confirmed.

The company did confirm that the Global MX-5 cup race car, prepared by Mazda Motorsports, will be powered by the more powerful 2-litre SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder petrol engine. A cheaper 1.5-litre engine will be available in many markets.

All cup race cars will feature a stripped down interior, bucket seat with racing harness, roll cage and race-spec multifunction steering wheel.