LONG ROAD RACING
suit an enthusiast’s individual tastes.
Wiseman likes riding his motorcycle on
mountain roads, but his wife doesn’t. He
decided a Miata was the solution to share
the enjoyment. Yet out on the winding
roads of western North Carolina, he
discovered it didn’t provide quite the
experience he’d wished for, and asked
Long Road Racing if it could help him out.
After talking a while, LRR’s expert
engineering staff agreed to see what they
could do to give Wiseman the driving
characteristics and experience he desired.
“It exceeded my expectations by a
factor of many times,” says Wiseman of
the resulting car. “Every time my wife and
I go out in the car, we enjoy it more. It
corners flatly and requires much less
steering input. They put upgraded brake
calipers on the vehicle and stainless steel
brake lines. There’s immediate response to
whatever pressure you put on the brake
pedal. It makes the car a true sports car.”
For any MX- 5 owner who wants
something more personalized than the
way it came from the factory, the
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive roadster’s
popularity means aftermarket shocks,
springs, swaybars and other goodies are
readily available, and more so as the
recently-introduced, fourth-gen version
has more time in the marketplace. But
slapping performance parts on a car is
one thing; applying a tailored, engineered
solution is quite another.
“I don’t think that everybody who
wants to modify their car should be our
customer,” says Long. “There are many
companies out there where you can
‘point and click’ your way to happiness.
But in my mind, that’s not our customer.
We’re looking for somebody who wants
more of an end-to-end experience,
resulting in the solution they want.
“That’s not to say that if someone is in
Seattle, they have to ship the car to us in
North Carolina. After a detailed conversation
with them on their specific requirements,
we can certainly put the package together
that can be installed locally.”
But whether it’s built in-house by Long
Road Racing, or a custom-made package
installed elsewhere, the result will be the
same: an MX- 5 that truly gives its owner
the driving experience they desire.
Long Road Racing principal Glenn Long’s
own wish list for his perfect road MX- 5
resulted in the car used for our photo
shoot. Upgrades include a throaty
performance exhaust, stiff springs with
appropriately tuned shocks, Wilwood
brakes and Long Road Racing anti-roll
bars front and rear. It also features shock
tower braces, including the same front
brace used on the Global MX- 5 Cup car.
“It exceeded my expectations
by a factor of many times.
Every time we go out in the
car, we enjoy it more”
As expected, the
ability to purchase
a ready-to-race car
proven very popular.
That car, the Global
MX- 5 Cup car built by
Long Road Racing, has
not only found a home
with teams racing in
the MX- 5 Cup, but
many others as well,
with more than 125
Entries in the 2016
Battery Tender Mazda
MX- 5 Cup Presented
by BFGoodrich Tires
averaged a very
healthy 35-40 cars,
with grids expected to
remain buoyant in ’ 17.
have bought the car
to compete in club
racing – it fits into a
variety of SCCA and
NASA classes – while
some have purchased
a Global MX- 5 Cup car
to use for track days.
In fact, some
clubs are providing
fleets of the cars for
their members’ use
and enjoyment, and
the 100th Global
MX- 5 Cup car was
delivered to New
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custom-engineered MX- 5
upgrades provide customers
with their own optimal take on
a sports car that can carve the
turns on a weekend, but isn’t
going to bite as a daily driver.