2015 SEMA: Mazda reveals Extreme Lightweight Design Concepts based on the MX-5 Miata
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The 2015 SEMA show is happening in Las Vegas right now and Mazda decided to pull this sheets off of their all-new Extreme Lightweight Design Concepts based on the MX-5 Miata: the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster.

The two concepts are much lighter takes on the already featherweight Miata, both of which are strictly open-top roadsters without any sort of typical folding roof. This of course means that they’re geared towards the serious drivers and even motorsports, basically those who seek to get the most performance out of the Miata with agile handling and improved performance.

Click here for our coverage of the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

“Both MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5,” said Ken Saward in the company statement, Mazda North American Operations’ design manager. “The all-new 2016 MX-5 served as a blank canvas for our design team to create some truly one-of-a-kind cars, yet our SEMA concepts remain true to more than 25 years of MX-5 heritage.”

The MX-5 Spyder is inspired by the classic vintage roadster, with a special “bikini top” developed by ASC – American Sunroof Corporation with fabric supplied by Haartz–essentially, it’s a fancy tarp over the otherwise open-top Spyder for some extent of use in the event of some weather happening. It also sports a bespoke Mercury Silver paint, along with a carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake, and special Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17-inch wheels.

The MX-5 Speedster is the one without a roof entirely for those interested in the purely uncompromised “wind-in-the-hair” driving experience, all ot pay homage to roadsters from the 1950s. It too comes with a unique paint exterior called Blue Ether and is further complemented by unique 16-inch RAYS Extreme Gram Lights wheels to help reduce unsprung weight. To boost handling performance even more, adjustable coilover suspension is standard, lowering the ride height by 30mm when compared to the normal Miata. A Racing Beat center-mounted exhaust helps the SKYACTIV four breathe easier, and the interior is reworked with Alcantara, carbon fiber Mu-Len Delta seats made specifically for the Speedster, and carbon fiber doors. All in all, weight savings tally in at 250lbs, tipping the scales at 2,080lbs. All you have to do is enjoy the drive while making sure it doesn’t float away.

For the press release, check it out below.

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Mazda Reveals Extreme Lightweight Design Concepts at 2015 SEMA

MX-5 Concepts Display Two Different Takes on Staying True to Pure, Lightweight Sports Car Philosophy

LAS VEGAS (November 3, 2015) – Mazda revealed two design concepts today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, based on its all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata—MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster—demonstrating two vastly different takes on lightweight, open-air performance.

Lightweight. Fun-to-drive. Roadster. Those three tenets have served as the foundation for the Mazda MX-5 Miata since its 1989 introduction and continue to serve the new fourth-generation model. Focused, lightweight engineering is a guiding principle of every Mazda vehicle made with SKYACTIV Technology, allowing for greater efficiency, improved performance and agile handling dynamics.

But what if that sense of lightweight performance were taken to the extreme? What if Mazda’s North American designers harkened back to vintage roadsters to create thoroughly modern, bespoke concepts for what a lightweight performance car should be

The results would be the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts.

“Both MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5,” said Ken Saward, design manager, Mazda North American Operations. “The all-new 2016 MX-5 served as a blank canvas for our design team to create some truly one-of-a-kind cars, yet our SEMA concepts remain true to more than 25 years of MX-5 heritage.”

MX-5 Spyder is a sophisticated interpretation of the classic vintage roadster, which is designed to accentuate the open-air experience. Its bikini top was developed by ASC – American Sunroof Corporation with the fabric supplied by Haartz.

Other highlights include its specially formulated Mercury Silver paint color, carbon fiber aero kit, grille intake and body toneau cover and lightweight Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17-inch wheels. Its interior is adorned in Spinneybeck “PRIMA” natural leather, lending a sense of vintage motoring from behind the wheel.

MX-5 Speedster pares the roadster back to the essentials for an unadulterated, wind-in-the-hair driving experience, evocative of the open-top sports cars of the 1950s—even going to far as to eschew a windshield for a deflector. In the same vein, the utter dedication toward creating such a focused machine led the design staff to build the Speedster with custom 16-inch RAYS Extreme Gram Lights wheels, benefitting MX-5 with less unsprung weight. MX-5 Speedster finished in a new concept color called Blue Ether.

Other details on MX-5 Speedster include an adjustable coilover suspension, which lowers it by 30mm compared with the production-car specifications, a Racing Beat center-mount exhaust, an interior retrimmed in Alcantara, carbon fiber Mu-Len Delta seats created exclusively for MX-5 and carbon fiber doors. In all, the lighter-weight materials have helped contribute to a weight loss of more than 250 lbs., with MX-5 Speedster weighing 2,080 lbs.

Saward and other designers worked from conception to construction to put the SEMA concepts together, partnering aftermarket parts suppliers and Southern California performance shops to create them. Partners include:

AC&A Manufacturing

ASC – American Sunroof Corporation

Delta Seat

Franks Fab Shop

Haartz Corporation

H&R Springs

KW Suspensions

Long Road Racing

Lusch

Makin Industries/RAYS Wheels

Racing Beat

SIM Specialty Interior Manufacturing

Specifications for each vehicle are as follows:

MX-5 Spyder

Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT

Wheels: Custom Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17 x 8 (42mm offset)

Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors

Tires: Yokohama ADVAN A048 225/45/17

Shocks Springs: Adjustable coil-overs

Weight: 2,301 lbs.

Exterior Color: Mercury Silver

Interior: Seats, doors, trimmed in Spinneybeck “PRIMA” natural leather

MX-5 Speedster

Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT

Wheels: Custom RAYS 57 Extreme Gram Lights 16 x 8 (45mm offset)

Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors

Tires: Kumho Ecsta V710 225/50/16

Shocks Springs: K&W adjustable coilover suspension

Weight: 2,080 lbs.

Exterior Color: Blue Ether

Seats: Lightweight seats developed by Mu-Len Delta Seat exclusively for the 2016 MX-5, constructed of Carbon Fiber and trimmed in black Alcantara

MX-5 Spyder and Speedster concepts are on display at the SEMA Show on November 3-6 at the in the Mazda booth, #11647 in the North Hall. More information about these concepts and more can be found at http://www.mazdausamedia.com/2015-SEMA-MX5-Concepts.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

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– By: Chris Chin

 


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