Glenn Long, principal of Mazda’s partner in developing the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup car, Long Road Racing, shares some of the technical highlights of the development process. In Part 3, Long describes the design of the rollcage.
The next generation of Mazda MX-5 Cup car that will be built and sold by Mazda will race not only in the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich® Tires, but also in the Mazda MX-5 Cup series that will run in Europe and Asia. For that reason, the basic rollcage design has to work with both right- and left-hand-drive cars. In addition, racers will look to race the car in other series, such as SCCA’s Super Touring or NASA’s Performance Touring. So, while the cage had to be FIA legal for international racing, it also had to not exceed the number of attachment points allowed by SCCA and NASA. In Part 3 of the tech talk abou the development of the ND MX-5 racecar, Glenn Long discusses the rollcage design and why it is built the way it is.