The new FR Skyactiv chassis marks the first time the brand’s new Skyactiv engineering philosophy of performance through light weight has been applied to a rear-wheel drive platform. Mazda has promised the new car will weigh 220 lbs less than the outgoing model while the engine will sit further towards the center of the car, improving balance.
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“The original concept behind the MX-5 was so simple: to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sports car that moves precisely as the driver intends,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, chairman of the board, Mazda Motor Corporation. “While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, in the 25 years since its launch we have had to continually reinvent the MX-5 – far beyond a simple evolution – in order to stay true to that original ideal. The history of the MX-5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same, a history of innovating in order to preserve.”
In addition to improving performance, Mazda says the new chassis will also deliver new levels of rigidity and safety, while further strengthening the car’s “Jinba Ittai” or oneness between the driver and the car.