Parts Spotlight: CCP NC MX-5 Hard Top


Lightweight fiberglass hard top for the NC MX-5 is a more cost effective option for racers, and is approved for Touring 4.Pirelli World Challenge, Lime Rock Park, Conn., May 27-28, 2016:

Part No.: 0000-07-5901-CC
Racer price: $1095.00

Ask any Spec Miata racer who has built his car, and you'll likely hear about how hard it was to acquire a hard top. In high demand by racers for the aerodynamic and safety benefits, but not so much by the general car buying public because they bought a convertible to feel the wind in their hair, they're not plentiful.
Hard tops for the third-generation cars can be even more scarce. Mazda Motorsports can still get you a Mazda OEM hard top, but they're not inexpensive, and are also somewhat heavier than necessary for a racecar thanks to being built with a glass rear window. For those reasons, Mazda Motorsports has sourced a fiberglass hard top for the NC from CCP Fabrication. The top is about half the cost of the OEM unit, has a Lexan rear window, and weighs only 16lbs. Furthermore, the top has been approved by the SCCA Club Racing Board for Touring 4, although using the top incurs a 20lb. weight penalty. It is also legal in NASA, SCCA STL and STU, Pirelli World Challenge and many other series and classes.
CCPHardTop-detail“It has all the same mounting points as the OEM top,” says Paul Kostopolous, president and CEO of CCP Fabrication, Inc. “All the mounting points are metal-nut-inserted. It's all hand-laid up in 1708 knitted fiberglass construction.”
That 1708 fiberglass may sound familiar to boating enthusiasts, since it's used widely in the industry and that's where CCP got its start.
“We started the business because we were unsatisfied with the quality of some race parts we'd been purchasing. We looked at it and decided we could build better quality stuff. So we began fabricating all our fiberglass parts 10 years ago. We started in the boating industry; after doing high-end fishing boats and some quality control, we learned all aspects of the fiberglass industry,” Kostopolous says.
The top is reinforced in critical areas. It is finished with a white gelcoat on the outside – the interior remains unfinished fiberglass. The top comes with brackets, which are required for racing.