Radical concept car highlights lightweight future
17 September 2009

Mazda has revealed a lightweight concept car at the Frankfurt motor show that shows one potential direction for the next generation Mazda MX-5.

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The Mazda MX-5 Superlight is described by Mazda as "capturing the pure essence of the world’s most popular roadster, the Mazda MX-5".

The Mazda MX-5 Superlight version was designed at Mazda’s studio in Oberursel, Germany, and is reported to be the first of several MX-5 concept cars that Mazda will roll out in coming years as it defines its direction of development.

Mazda has recently championed lightweight construction, and the Mazda MX-5 Superlight version is an extension of that theme, with its minimalist design focusing on improving driving performance, handling, fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

However, Mazda is eager to stress that these improvements can be achieved without compromising the roadster's inherently fun characteristics; hence the radical exterior design, with no windshield, and a sporty chassis set-up.

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5 August 2009

It looks fantastic. Many MX 5's are just toys, so why not go for a truely impracticle version, which is even more fun. I doubt Mazda will see a good enough reason to make any beyond this show car, which is a shame. The world would be a better palce with more mad cars like this.

5 August 2009

Mazda, you should produce this car full stop, even if it is based on the current car. A light weight, no screen version of the MX5 would be cheap to produce, cheap to sell and be a hit with many a budding track day enthusiast.

It's not often I say this of concept cars, but this one could hit the mark.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

5 August 2009

Wouldn't fancy getting a stone chip driving with no windscreen though :)

5 August 2009

It’s just a stripped out NB from the looks of the pictures. If you want one just pick up a nice used example, gut it of everything not needed for track days and Bob’s your Uncle as you folks say.

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

5 August 2009

[quote jackjflash] gut it of everything not needed for track days[/quote]

including the windscreen (hacksaw required).

5 August 2009

[quote tannedbaldhead]including the windscreen (hacksaw required).[/quote]

You could take it to the Chop Shop and have Leepu work his magic. ;)

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows
—Robert Allen Zimmerman

2 October 2009

[quote TegTypeR]Mazda, you should produce this car full stop, even if it is based on the current car. A light weight, no screen version of the MX5 would be cheap to produce, cheap to sell and be a hit with many a budding track day enthusiast.[/quote]

+1. Matching cowl on passenger side, aeroscreens on top of both.

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