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treet cars are compromises. That’s not to
say any given street car is a bad car, it’s just
that they are designed to satisfy a broad-based audience. It’s true even for sports
cars; they’re built to please the most people
possible, which comes with compromises.
Even with a multitude of packages and
options, getting the exact car an enthusiast
wants may not be possible from a factory,
which is why the aftermarket thrives.
For any popular make and model, there’s
no shortage of great aftermarket parts, but
how they work together to achieve what
the buyer is looking to accomplish isn’t
easy to determine and needs to be taken
into account when planning an upgrade.
Racecars are built to do a specific job,
and do it well, so why not take the
engineering skills, experience and
mindset of a motorsports company and
apply them to street car solutions? Which
is where Long Road Racing comes in.
The North Carolina-based company
developed and builds the Global MX- 5 Cup
cars that Mazda sells for the Global MX- 5
Cup series in the U.S. and beyond, and
which many have bought for competing in
other arenas or even for track days. The
success of the program has completely
justified Mazda’s faith in LRR.
“When it came time to select a
development partner and single builder for
the 2016 Global MX- 5 Cup car, Long Road
Racing was the logical choice,” says Mazda
Motorsports director John Doonan. “As
long-time members of the Mazda racing
family, the Longs have experienced success
on track, displayed the ability to attract
talented personnel on the engineering and
fabricating side, and earned trust among
the racing community. Clearly, the
production platform of the Mazda MX- 5 is
RACING DNA FOR THE ROAD
Long Road Racing is channeling 15 years of road racing experience
to provide enthusiasts with their ultimate street Mazda MX- 5.
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Long Road Racing’s
street car builds
are worked on
alongside the Global
MX- 5 Cup racecars
by the same team,
using the same
tools and approach.
WORDS & IMAGES Richard S. James