Long Road Racing

2668 Peachtree Rd.
Statesville, NC  28625


Frequently Asked Questions about the Global MX-5 Cup car

Does the car include a seat?  Your car is delivered with the original production Mazda seat to facilitate driving on and off your trailer during pickup (see picture below).  You will need to install the racing seat of your choice and seat brackets that you've purchased to the custom fabricated seat plate that we provide with your car.  The seat plate then mounts to the floor of the race car in the factory provided mount points.  We recommend a high quality halo style seat of your preference.  The size of the seat that will fit in the car depends on seat placement - the closer the seat to the dash, the narrower the floor area gets.  Please contact us for a list of seats that other car purchasers are using and our document on floor area size.

After installing your race seat, save the MX-5 Mazda production seat and order an office chair seat base kit from us for a great conversation piece for your home office or conference room!

How do I learn to maximize my driving skills in the car?  There are several sources for improving your driving skills and knowledge of adjustments in the Global MX-5 Cup car.  We have a handy guide you can print on basic adjustment concepts - click here.  There are Mazda Factory Drivers such as Andrew Carbonell that have written articles on the topic and many of these drivers are also available for private 1:1 coaching (contact us for a list of potential coaching sources).  Because of our close collaboration during engineering, the GLobal MX-5 Cup car on the iRacing simulation platform is identical to the actual car and provides a great practice opportunity.  Mazda scholarship driver Glenn McGee offers iRacing sim group coaching sessions.  Also, Long Road Racing offers small workshops at track events like David Murry Track Days which provide you and your crew a hands-on learning experience on determining how to make car adjustments for tracks and weather conditions.  Contact us for details.  

How much weight ballast do I need? Your car will come with a weight box securely mounted to the passenger floor for use in the MX-5 Cup series or any other race series with a minimum car weight.  Prior to delivery is a good time to plan ahead on purchasing any additional homologated weight you will need for the car to compensate for the allotted 220 lbs. for driver and gear so that you can have the weights delivered with the car.  Shipping on weight plates separately will likely be more costly than the price of the weights.  Please note that only homologated weights will be allowed for Global MX-5 Cup series.  (see picture below)

What will the car have in the cooling system? You don't have to worry about picking up and transporting home your car during the winter months; we'll deliver your car with anti-freeze which you will remove and replace with the specified Cool-aide coolant additive provided in the trunk.  (see picture below)

Can I have right side passenger / instructor capability?  The Global MX-5 Cup car roll cage was designed for either a left-hand-drive or right-hand-drive car, which means that the cage provides safety to the right side of the car, including door bars.  If you'd like to equip your car with the capability to have a passenger and/or instructor ride right-side for HPDE and track day events, we can add a right side seat plate to mount the second racing seat, a second set of racing belts, an aluminum foot rest floor panel with grip for the right side, and additional roll bar padding on that side of the car to your car order.  Naturally, we recommend that you provide your instructor / passenger with the level of safety equipment including seat (with halo) that you’d be using for yourself.  When using the right-side seat plate, it replaces the ballast box that would otherwise be in the right-hand side of the car.  (See picture below for our right side kit of seat plate, foot rest and foot rest.)

What documentation comes with the car? Attached to the steering wheel of your car you'll receive a USB memory stick with several files on them:

  • User Guide -  information about car set up and maintenance intervals

  • Homologation document - details the racing parts added to the car

  • A backup AiM config file (if needed)

  • Fire bottle users guide

  • BFGoodrich tires use care guide

  • FIA safety equipment information,

  • IMSA safety cage certificate. 

In the trunk of the car you'll also find several hard-copy user's manuals for other products installed in the car.  Contact us if you'd like a copy of these documents in advance of your car delivery or purchase.

Have there been / will there be updates made to the car since initial availability?  From time to time, both Long Road Racing and Mazda Motorsports review input and feedback from customers, sanctioning bodies and from our own team members and determine changes.  You can find them here.  

Seat delivered with your car

The Mazda factory production seat is delivered with your race car to facilitate driving on and off trailer - and yes, the cup holders are included, which is perfect to hold  your drink bottle during enduro events.  What to do with your factory seat after you've installed your race seat?  Contact us for an office chair kit or be sure to order your kit for delivery with your car!

Ballast box mounted to passenger floor area

You can securely mount your cool suit cooler or any gear you'd like to run during testing (like a laptop, etc.) to the top of the ballast box.

What you'll find in the trunk of your Global MX-5 Cup car:

Safety equipment (belts, net, mirror) to be installed after your seat is installed, plus the Cool-aide for the coolant system.

Right side kit: includes right side seat plate that bolts to factory mount points, foot rest with grip tape, right side FIA certified roll bar padding (pictured here) and FIA certified seat belts (not pictured).