The Mazda MX-0 (zero) is a striking looking concept vehicle
which was created by a group of nine Mazda designers for
the LA Auto Show's 2010 Design Challenge.
The 2010 competition brief was to design a car which weighed
under 1,000 lbs (454 kgs), and could safely and comfortably
transport up to four people.
Mazda say they have designed the MX-0 concept for the
year 2020. But unless car design changes radically in
the next couple of years, that's looking a little optimistic!
To accompany the stylish images of the Mazda MX-0 concept,
the designers have also written a little history lesson
and future projection regarding the MX-0 project. Here
it is below:
Mazda's longtime 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 Mazda 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
Mazda 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
Aimed at the global market of 2020, and with projected
volume of 500,000 units annually, the Mazda 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
Zero mass = maximum speed:
At the heart of the Mazda 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.
Itís more like flying than driving. Zero hindrance. Driving
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