MIX AND MATCH FOR MX-5
MAZDA revealed two design concepts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, based on its new Mazda MX-5. They are an MX-5 Spyder and Speedster which demonstrated vastly different takes lightweight, open-air performance.
Lightweight, fun-to-drive, roadster … three things that have served as the foundation for the Mazda MX-5 since its 1989 introduction and continue to serve 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 here, that sense of lightweight is taken to the extreme.
Mazda’s North American designers harkened back to vintage roadsters create thoroughly modern, bespoke concepts for what a lightweight performance car should be.
The results are the MX-5 Spyder and Speedster concepts.
MX-5 Spyder’s bikini top was developed by ASC – American Sunroof Corporation with the fabric supplied Haartz.
Other highlights include its specially formulated Mercury Silver paint colour, carbon fibre aero kit, grille intake and body tonneau cover lightweight Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17inch wheels. Its interior is adorned in Spinneybeck “PRIMA” natural leather, lending a sense of vintage motoring from behind the wheel.
MX-5 Speedster pares roadster back to essentials for an unadulterated, wind-in-thehair driving experience, evocative of the open-top sports cars of the 1950s – even going so far as to lose
windshield be replaced by a deflector.
The dedication required create such a focused machine led the design staff build the Speedster with custom 16-inch RAYS Extreme Gram Lights wheels, benefiting MX-5 less unsprung weight. Speedster is finished in a new colour called Blue Ether.
Other details on Speedster include an adjustable coilover suspension, which lowers it by 30mm compared with the production-car specifications, a Racing Beat centre-mount exhaust, an interior retrimmed in Alcantara, carbon fibre Mu-Len Delta seats created exclusively for MX-5 and doors. The lighter-weight materials have helped reduce the weight of the car by more than 100kg, putting it well under one tonne.
Designers worked from conception to construction to put
SEMA concepts together, partnering aftermarket parts suppliers and Southern California performance shops create them.