Mazda MX-5 Mk1

A weigh-in con­firms our clas­sic MX-5 re­ally is a sub-ton car

Evo - - FAST FLEET - Antony In­gram (@evoantony)

AALMOST EV­ERY CAR I’VE ever owned has had a quoted kerb weight of un­der 1000kg. In my early years of driv­ing, this was some­what bud­getary; cheap, eco­nom­i­cal cars also tend to be fairly light. But these days it’s be­cause I en­joy the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of a light­weight car – the lack of in­er­tia to ev­ery move­ment, be it through a se­ries of twists on the road or in a pun­ish­ing brak­ing zone at the Bedford Au­to­drome.

But I’ve never known pre­cisely how much any of my cars have weighed. In­stead I’ve re­lied on the of­fi­cial fig­ures, but just like mpg, power or per­for­mance numbers, these can vary sig­nif­i­cantly in the real world.

I’ve al­ways erred on the side of pes­simism and as­sumed my MX-5 was on the wrong side of one met­ric ton, rather than the 971kg claimed by Mazda. But as it cur­rently lacks a pas­sen­ger seat, spare wheel and ra­dio, I also hoped that maybe this would drop it back be­low 1000kg. The true fig­ure on evo’s scales? 959kg, with around three-quar­ters of a tank of fuel. I’m quite chuffed with that, and also with the weight dis­tri­bu­tion: only 2kg dif­fer­ence across the rear axle, and with the front only 55kg heav­ier than the rear, a front-to-rear ra­tio of 53:47.

Throw in the pas­sen­ger seat and spare wheel and it’d prob­a­bly be closer still to 50:50. But more im­por­tantly, I now know I can in­stall a roll bar and some ex­tra chas­sis stiff­en­ing and still have wig­gle room be­fore break­ing that psy­cho­log­i­cal one-ton bar­rier.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.