If anybody knows anything about lightweight sports cars, Mazda does. As the creator of one of history’s most popular lightweight sports car – the MX-5 Miata – Mazda understands the objective of building a car that takes into account weight and efficiency better than anybody else. After all, for a speedster like the MX-5, it only weighed 2,300 pounds in its first generation.

It is through their understanding of this principle that Mazda was able to transfer their understanding about the intricacies of the MX-5 to build the vehicle that they’re entering into the 2010 LA Design Challenge – the MX-0.

Taking into account the theme of this year’s LA Design Challenge of emphasizing the need for minimizing the use of the planet’s resources while building a car that’s efficient, lightweight – no more than 1,000 lbs – comfortable, and safe without sacrificing the design elements that would make it attractive to consumers, Mazda is basing the MX-0 on the ideology of the MX-5, albeit using parts that are lighter and simpler than the ones found in the Miata, all while not compromising the car’s overall performance.

Mazda is envisioning the MX-0 as a vehicle that is powered by high-torque electric motors with an off-the-charts power-to-weight ration, resulting in a vehicle that comes with unrivaled power and balance, able to fly off the block and perform seamless cornering. A vehicle, suffice to say, that isn’t so much used for driving as it is for flying.

Through the low volume use of energy and minimal use of raw materials to power it, the MX-0 figures to be a car that’s made for the future, a future that puts great importance on sustainable, inexpensive composites with clean-running powertrains, resulting in a car that’s not only good for the masses, but even better for the environment.

Press Release after the jump.



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- * noun: the lowest point or degree

Zero weight:

Mazda’s long-time commitment to low weight is driven by the belief that effortless cornering and acceleration should be at the heart of every car we design. Our featherweight icon — the MX-5 Miata, tipped the scales at a little over 2,300 pounds in its first generation. Starting with the MX-5 as a benchmark, the design team has carried out a systematic process of reduction and consolidation. In this process, we have redesigned each component in the MX-0 to carry out the functions of several MX-5 components, effectively replacing a multitude of MX-5 parts with fewer, simplified ones. Innovative lightweight materials have been used extensively to obsessively lower weight.

2010 Mazda MX-0 Concept Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Zero carbon:

Aimed at the global market of 2020, and with projected volume of 500,000 units annually, the MX-0 would have positive effects on the world’s environment and economy by way of less energy consumption and minimized use of raw materials. High-volume, automated manufacturing of sustainable, inexpensive composites coupled with clean-running drive trains are the key to both low weight and high-volume production.

Zero mass = maximum speed:

At the heart of the MX-0 is its purpose as a driving beast. Its ultra-light mass is pushed by high-torque electric motors. High power-to-weight is where a Mazda comes alive. Impossible acceleration and instant cornering is the result. It’s more like flying than driving. Zero hindrance. Driving bliss.

2010 Mazda MX-0 Concept Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Source: LA Design Challenge

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  (467) posted on 02.9.2012

The car looks powerful in black and red combination. It should be a super car because it the most lightweight sports car. . It has a unique race car design.

  (345) posted on 04.6.2011

Well, Mazda is on the right track of producing great wheels in the market. But they shouldn’t murder on the color. The manufacturer must concentrate on the enhancement of their products.

  (401) posted on 02.27.2011

I agree the car is amazing i would love to see a Mazda 5 with this new design direction it does have some Hyundai in there I almost see a little Jag in the front end. But either way I love it I hope this is the direction for the next RX-7 or 8 whatever they end up making

  (762) posted on 02.27.2011

Very good looking car. It looks like a good departure form the Nagare design language theme that is currently being used by Mazda, which have I never really liked. It looks almost cartoonist on certain cars such as the 3 and the face lifted 5.

  (745) posted on 11.26.2010

I’m with you, they really should build this thing. I would love to see Mazda own this segment of the market, where it looks like the GT-R is looking pretty lonely at the moment.

  (780) posted on 11.23.2010

I like it, but it’s pointless, especially with this weak engine. The mx-5 has never been fast and I don’t see it happen that the next mx5 has more than 180 hp.

  (341) posted on 11.22.2010

You’ll forgot the 2012 BMW 650i convertible. Sure it wasn’t there but you did cover it in a way that was associated with the auto show. Don’t you want to obsessively cover what you obsessively covered?

  (344) posted on 11.21.2010

I’m really a er for these concept cars. Even though I know a lot of them won’t even go near the production line, I still am putting them on my wishlist.

  (442) posted on 11.18.2010

Cool!!this is a car? I just wonder how’s the exterior looks like..

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