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Radical concept car highlights lightweight future

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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Colonel Snappy 2 October 2009

Re: Mazda MX-5 Superlight concept

TegTypeR wrote:
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.

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

jackjflash 5 August 2009

Re: Mazda MX-5 Superlight concept

tannedbaldhead wrote:
including the windscreen (hacksaw required).

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

tannedbaldhead 5 August 2009

Re: Mazda MX-5 Superlight concept

jackjflash wrote:
gut it of everything not needed for track days

including the windscreen (hacksaw required).