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…. 5/43: Bumpers… 6/43: Dashboard…. 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.