Excess weight in a car dulls its responses, makes it harder to turn, stop and accelerate, ensures that it drinks more fuel and puts greater stresses on virtually every moving part, parts which then have to be beefed up and made heavier to cope.
The Mazda MX-5 reverses that cycle, stripping weight off which in turn allows it to pare more weight back with other simple lightweight componentry. It’s a brilliant piece of engineering.
It also goes to show that you can probably have more fun with 1.5 litres worth of MX-5 than you can with some supercars. No, that’s not hyperbole.
Try it and you’ll see.