Mazda MX-5 superlight concept – more details

Mazda MX-5 superlight concept – more details

Mazda MX-5 superlight concept fq

The Frankfurt Motor Show ready Mazda Superlight concept has been on the radar for weeks now but details and fresh images of this radical vehicle have just popped up.

Conceived and created as a way to celebrate the MX-5’s 20th anniversary and also showcase Mazda’s focus on lightweight performance — the Superlight is the work of the automaker’s European R&D center in Oberursel, Germany.

Based off the recently facelifted roadster, the most obvious point-of-difference to the Superlight is its speedster profile, which involved discarding the windshield, retractable roof and its frame. From there, Mazda’s European team extended the aluminum hood towards the cabin and mounted an aluminum rear-view mirror, along with a set of roll-over hoops fitted with LED brake lights.

The passenger compartment has been stripped out, with the removal of the sound insulation, carpeting and air conditioning unit. What’s been put back in? Carbon fibre racing bucket seats coated in the same brown leather as the steering wheel, armrests and aluminum shifter and hand brake. The dash is a custom fiberglass and plastic unit, which makes use of the stock MX-5’s gauges.

The 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine puts out 126 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque and comes equipped with a Mazdaspeed cold-air intake and exhaust.

The track has been increased by 50mm all around to accommodate the larger four-piston calipers and slotted discs, with the whole vehicle has been lowered by 30mm courtesy of Bilstein B16 coil-over suspension. Eibach anti-roll bars are fitted front and rear, and the Superlight uses standard 17-inch wheels.

Mazda Motor Europe’s Chief Designer, Peter Birtwhistle says of the project, “I’ve dreamed of building a Mazda MX-5 with this kind of radical form for a long time. Now that weight reduction has become a dominant factor in automotive development, the time is ripe for it.”

Check out the fresh images in the gallery below.

Mazda MX-5 superlight concept fq

The Frankfurt Motor Show ready Mazda Superlight concept has been on the radar for weeks now but details and fresh images of this radical vehicle have just popped up.

Conceived and created as a way to celebrate the MX-5’s 20th anniversary and also showcase Mazda’s focus on lightweight performance — the Superlight is the work of the automaker’s European R&D center in Oberursel, Germany.

Based off the recently facelifted roadster, the most obvious point-of-difference to the Superlight is its speedster profile, which involved discarding the windshield, retractable roof and its frame. From there, Mazda’s European team extended the aluminum hood towards the cabin and mounted an aluminum rear-view mirror, along with a set of roll-over hoops fitted with LED brake lights.

The passenger compartment has been stripped out, with the removal of the sound insulation, carpeting and air conditioning unit. What’s been put back in? Carbon fibre racing bucket seats coated in the same brown leather as the steering wheel, armrests and aluminum shifter and hand brake. The dash is a custom fiberglass and plastic unit, which makes use of the stock MX-5’s gauges.

The 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine puts out 126 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque and comes equipped with a Mazdaspeed cold-air intake and exhaust.

The track has been increased by 50mm all around to accommodate the larger four-piston calipers and slotted discs, with the whole vehicle has been lowered by 30mm courtesy of Bilstein B16 coil-over suspension. Eibach anti-roll bars are fitted front and rear, and the Superlight uses standard 17-inch wheels.

Mazda Motor Europe’s Chief Designer, Peter Birtwhistle says of the project, “I’ve dreamed of building a Mazda MX-5 with this kind of radical form for a long time. Now that weight reduction has become a dominant factor in automotive development, the time is ripe for it.”

Check out the fresh images in the gallery below.

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