MX5 to Compete at Nurbergring

Nurbergring

To commemorate the model’s 25th anniversary, Mazda has announced that it will partner with the UK’s JOTA Sport Company to enter a Mazda MX5 in the 24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race taking place in Germany on June 21 and 22, 2014.

JOTA Sport will prepare the vehicle and manage the race team, consisting of four drivers including Stefan Johansson, who knows endurance racing inside out and has an outstanding track record as a driver for Mazdaspeed at 24 Hours of Le Mans; Wolfgang Kaufmann, who has an intimate knowledge of the Nürburgring circuit; Owen Mildenhall, a journalist who has raced the Mazda MX5 in a variety of competitions throughout England; and Teruaki Kato, winner of Japan’s Roadster Party Race.

The iconic MX5 symbolises Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. This lightweight sports car will now make the most of its outstanding Jinba-Ittai (“rider and horse as one”) dynamic performance to take on the challenge of competing in one of amateur racing’s most prominent competitions, the 24 Hours Nürburgring.

Mazda is sponsoring driving schools and participatory motorsport events, in the hope that more and more customers will be able to enjoy sporty driving. Through such activities Mazda aims to enrich the lives of its customers, and help to build a special bond between them and the Mazda brand.

Outline
Race name: ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race (24 Hours Nürburgring Endurance Race)
Team name: Mazda Motor Sports Team JOTA
http://www.jotagroup.com
Vehicle: Mazda MX5
(V3 Category: NC soft-top based, 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated, unmodified class)
Drivers: Stefan Johansson (Sweden)
Wolfgang Kaufmann (Germany)
Owen Mildenhall (UK)
Teruaki Kato (Japan)
Sponsors: Bridgestone Corporation, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.

“Best Convertible” Says Honest John

HJ Photo

The world’s best-selling two-seater sports car, the Mazda MX5, was presented with the prestigious ‘Convertible Award’ at the 2014 honestjohn.co.uk awards, held in London on 15 May 2014.

The awards are allocated to those vehicles that attract the greatest numbers of page-views on the honestjohn.co.uk website. The hugely popular MX5, which won ‘Most Popular Roadster’ in the awards last year, has continued to prove its lasting appeal to visitors on the site over the last 12 months, delivering sports car performance at a reasonable price.

“The MX5 has long been regarded as the most enjoyable and engaging open-top car, building up a huge following over the years,” explains Dan Harrison, Editor of honestjohn.co.uk. “So it’s perhaps no surprise to see it coming out as the most popular convertible again. Its combination of buzzy performance and superb handling, combined with an affordable price tag has clearly found favour among our users.”

Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director at Mazda Motors UK, commented: “The Mazda MX5 is the epitome of our ethos, ‘Challenge Convention To Make Things Better’. Launched globally 25 years ago, each generation of the roadster has won Mazda more fans, sales and awards and it is testament to its outstanding balance, agility and timeless styling that it continues to thrive in the UK.”

25th Anniversary MX5 Limited Edition

25 Anniversary

Mazda are unveiling the new Mazda MX5 25th Anniversary Edition at the New York International Auto Show. The special edition model was created to celebrate 25 years since the launch of Mazda’s iconic roadster.

Over more than two decades, the MX5 has come to symbolise Mazda’s car-making philosophy and the Japanese brand’s tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. Since its launch in 1989, the Mazda MX5 has consistently offered the kind of fun that only a lightweight sports car can deliver, and has won a huge variety of fans from different countries, cultures and age groups. More than 940,000 units have been produced so far (to end March 2014) and the model continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sport scar.

25 Interior
The Mazda MX5 25th Anniversary Edition is a special edition model that brings together 25 years’ worth of fun shared with fans. Based on the 2.0-litre 160ps Roadster Coupe model with power retractable hard top and either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, it is available exclusively in Soul Red Metallic.
Meticulous attention to detail has been paid in every area of the vehicle such as the Brilliant Black-painted roof, A-pillars, and door mirror housings; the off-white leather seat upholstery and door trim, hand-finished dashboard decorative panel in Piano Black and the fitting of Bilstein dampers plus 17-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels.

25 Chassis

In New York, Mazda will also reveal the newly developed SKYACTIV-Chassis that will be used for the upcoming next-generation, all-new Mazda MX5. The engine and chassis are exhibited together, and it will be the first time that SKYACTIV technology has been displayed in a front-midship-engine layout and rear-wheel-drive configuration.
While the next Mazda MX5 will feature the most compact configuration of any generation of the MX5, the engine will be located closer to the vehicle’s centre and the vehicle’s centre of gravity will be lower than in any previous Mazda MX5. The upcoming model has been engineered and developed to achieve outstanding body rigidity and crashworthiness, while also reducing the overall weight by more than 100kg.

Mazda’s Chairman of the Board, Takashi Yamanouchi said, “The original concept behind the MX5 was so simple; to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sportscar that moves precisely as the driver intends. While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, over the 25 years since its launch we have had to continually reinvent the MX5 – far beyond simple evolution – in order to stay true to that original ideal. The history of the MX5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same. A history of innovating in order to preserve the ideal.”

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