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The Newly Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Drops 995Kg to Become Superlight

By: Marissa Liu - Published: Sep 24, 2009 • References: carscoop.blogspot and autoblog
The Mazda MX-5 Superlight is one sweet-looking roadster. Built to celebrate the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s 20th anniversary this is the car Mazda Motor Europe’s Chief Designer, Peter Birtwhistle, “dreamed of building.”

The most obvious change to the Mazda MX-5 Superlight was to put the car on a weight loss diet. Mazda removed the windshield, retractable roof and frame, extended the aluminum hood towards the cabin and mounted an aluminum, wide-angle rear-view mirror, along with a set of roll-over hoops fitted with LED brake lights. The dash is custom-made from fiberglass and plastic, with an engine-start button that brings to life the standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The makeover helped the Mazda MX-5 Superlight drop 995kg but due to the minimal engine modifications it runs 0-to-60 MPH at 8.9 seconds.