Mazda MX-5 Cup Car: Braking

There are many upgrades and features to the braking system for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup car.

In the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup car, enhancing the braking package has been a key focal point for the Mazda Motorsports team and our development and build partner for the race car, Long Road Racing (LRR).  The 2016 MX-5 Cup car will be equipped with the factory upgraded Brembo package. This package includes a four-piston front caliper with larger brake discs, which allows for shorter stopping distance and higher heat tolerances.

The ABS programming has also been improved over the current model, giving the driver better brake pedal feel and consistency at threshold braking.  This considerably helps driver confidence as consistency is one of the key elements to a fine tuned brake package.

Another contributing factor to the braking feel and consistency is the cooling mechanism for the brakes – the air ducts. When brake pads overheat, the padding breaks down. Ensuring sufficient cooling for racing application not only helps keep the pedal feel consistent, but improves wear for extended life. For the 2016 MX-5 Cup car, creating proper air ducts has been a key focus.

When asked about some of the best aspects of the 2016 MX-5 Cup car, Mazda factory driver Tom Long chose the brakes as one of the key elements. “Overall, the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 braking abilities are a true testament to Mazda’s continued engineering refinement,” he commented. “When racers want to build on their skills set, they should consider the brake package of the race car. The best drivers are the ones that have the courage, understanding, and experience to go deep and late in the braking zones.”

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