Mazda has unveiled the Spirit Racing Roadster CNF concept, a race car derived from the iconic MX-5 Miata that runs on carbon-neutral fuel. This is a significant step forward in the utilization of synthetic fuels in motorsport.
The car will compete in the fourth round of the ENEOS Super Taikyu Series at Autopolis, where it will go head-to-head with other contenders such as the Toyota GR86 CNF Concept and the Honda Civic Type R CNF-R which is exclusively reserved for cars utilizing carbon-neutral fuels.
Carbon-neutral fuel in the Miata is particularly exciting because the car has always been revered as a lightweight, driver-focused roadster equipped with a charismatic yet not overly powerful gasoline engine.
The released image of the Spirit Racing Roadster reveals an elegant white exterior with a gray livery. The car features upgrades like a new front splitter, distinctive wheels and tires, and a substantial rear wing to improve downforce and enhance its on-track performance. Bridgestone, a renowned tire manufacturer, supports the event and is prominently featured on the concept car’s body.
Mazda has been collaborating with other automakers like Toyota and Subaru to develop carbon-neutral fuels, and the Spirit Racing Roadster is a showcase of their progress. The car is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv-G engine, and while further technical details have not been released, it is clear that Mazda is committed to exploring alternatives to pure electric power.
The introduction of carbon-neutral fuel in the Miata is a significant development in the world of motorsport. It shows that there are viable alternatives to pure electric power, and that automakers are committed to finding ways to reduce emissions. It will be interesting to see how the Spirit Racing Roadster performs in the ENEOS Super Taikyu Series, and whether it can help to pave the way for a wider adoption of carbon-neutral fuels in the future.