Mazda MX-5 has us in love. Is a car like that a few already are: simple, lightweight, efficient, and very fun. A small roadster of just four meters in size, propulsion in the rear and equipped with a fantastic manual gearbox. Did we mentioned that it weighs a ton and its engines are atmospheric? Though the fourth generation has just as who says it to be released, in Mazda are already thinking about your next generation. The Mazda MX-5 will be renewed or die.
Carbon fiber and downsizing. The future of the Mazda MX-5 may not be divergent with respect to the industry.
Because the automotive world will be very different from the current one in 5 or 6 years, at which time it is expected that the Mazda MX-5 NE to be released. The chief engineer of the project – Nobuhiro Yamamoto, has already confirmed some details on the future of the roadster japanese. In the first place, it is clear that the size of the Mazda MX-5 will be the one that is: is not going to grow or you are going to do more small. What seems insurmountable is a reduction of weight and consumption, a condition for which the product is to continue to hollow in the portfolio of Mazda.
To achieve this reduction in consumption in the first place is a lack of a weight reduction. Mazda knows that the current cost of the carbon fiber is too high, but economies of scale will reduce its cost in the coming years, as well as new manufacturing techniques that the brand is developing. We cannot assure you that the drive to complete built in carbon fiber, but it does not surprise me that part of the chassis and bodywork was built in CFRP (plastic reinforced with carbon fiber).
Mazda has also confirmed that there will be versions Spyder or Speedster production in the MX-5 ND.
Your weight will be less than the ton. With less weight, the brand you can install a motor that is smaller. Nobuhiro Yamamoto has already confirmed that the engines will be smaller. It does not surprise me that in the future of the Mazda MX-5 we meet with a three-cylinder or a turbo of small displacement. Despite being Mazda’s one of the few brands still reluctant to turbocharged engines of gasoline, this year you have released an all-new Skyactiv-G turbocharged 2.5-liter for the u.s. market. Time to time.
Thanks to an engine that is smaller, the car may also have tires more narrow and identical performance with a lower power. A return to the philosophy, size and weight of the MX-5 NA, with a completely different technique. What we are sure of is that it will retain its character and fantastic dynamics that has made him world-famous.