The transformation of a brand new Mazda MX-5 into a Global MX-5 Cup race car is amazing. This build process will take you through the normal steps from start to finish in delivering a professionally-built, factory-supported race car.
1/43: We receive brand new MX-5’s from Mazda.
2/43: The cars received are in Sport trim.
3/43: They must be white because they’re 15lbs lighter than a painted car.
4/43: Disassembly of doors and interior….
7/43: Disassembly complete.
8/43: Lift work: The MX-5 is drained of its fluids and receives a racing transmission with EMCO gears.
9/43: Additionally, a limited-slip differential is installed.
10/43: Here’s a closeup of the ACT clutch we use.
11/43:At this stage, LRR adds tamper-proof security seals on the engine, transmission and differential.
12/43: The seam sealer and sound-deadening material is removed with a wire brush and pick.
13/43: And after the grinding and pick work.
14/43: Here is a completed tub which has been cleaned and sanded prior to welding.
15/43: The rear hoop is bent, cut and assembled outside the car.
16/43: Here is the roll cage fully installed.
17/43: The door bars extend deep into the door frame.
18/43: We take great pride in our welding art.
19/43: The car is then sanded again and prepped for paint.
20/43: Here’s another shot of the masking process.
21/43: Car is painted in our DeVilbiss paint booth.
22/43: Meanwhile, the doors are cut, sanded and painted.
23/43: Painting is complete.
24/43: We use a gray color which matches RustOleum gray for easy touch-ups.
25/43: Hardtops come in a white gel-coat which are subject to scuffs/scratches.
26/43: It is recommended to have them painted or wrapped.
27/43: Now, it’s time to reassemble the removed parts.
28/43: A cart of over 250 items is “built” and linked to the VIN and chassis #.
29/43: Here is a closeup of the Kooks header which connects to a racing exhaust.
30/43: Here is a closeup of the Dynamic dampers, springs and sway bar.
31/43: The Global MX-5 Cup cars use the stock Brembo calipers and rotors with Pagid Racing pads.
32/43: Here is a look at the strut tower brace.
33/43: The battery is relocated to the trunk and has a panel to which to connect other electronics.
34/43: With an eye on safety, we install a fire-extinguishing system which protects the driver, the engine and car.
35/43: The dashboard is completed with an AiM data system, MPI steering wheel, center net connector and…
36/43: The driver access panel for kill switch, fire system and cooling pumps.
37/43: LRR installs SETRAB oil coolers for the engine oil…..
38/43: … as well as the transmission and differential.
39/43: The car is completely inspected. Each bolt is re-torqued and marked and everything we touch is checked.
40/43: The car is then sent to the dyno to ensure consistent power output and to break-in the engine.
41/43: Once the dyno work is complete, the final touches are made, including the additional gear in the trunk.
42/43: The cage and chassis are marked with an ID tag which signifies the completion of the production to various specifications.
43/43: The completed Global MX-5 Cup car.