The 999 Lb. Car

The MX-0 is Mazda’s aesthetically predatory but eco-gentle entry for the LA Auto Show design challenge. This year’s challenge was to envision an efficient, four-passenger vehicle that also addressed society’s shift toward minimizing consumption of the earth’s resources. With the MX-0, Mazda has met consumer demand without sacrificing style.

Mazda has always been the frontrunner on lightweight transportation, but lightening the load to less than the 1000 Lb maximum was no easy task. By systematically reducing and consolidating the framework of the existing MX-5 model, they have replaced numerous components with fewer, simplified, multi-funtional parts, drastically reducing the heaviness of the MX-0.

The MX-0 minimizes the use of raw materials by utilizing sustainable, inexpensive composites matched with clean-running, high-torque electric motors.

Designers: Derik Jenkins, Tim Brown, Minyong Lee, Carlos Salaff, Jacques Flynn, Greg Lee, Paul Muzio, Dave Coleman, Julien Montousse for Mazda

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10 Comments

  • Caleb Timberwolf Edward says:

    i would drive that, its sleek, small, and looks amazing. Will gladly test it for you.

  • Caleb Timberwolf Edward says:

    i would drive that, its sleek, small, and looks amazing. Will gladly test it for you.

  • trx says:

    Nice vehicle for the future (if we get there), professional renderings. I look forward to seeing a proto at the LA Show.

  • juansexy says:

    Great vehicle design!…i was just wondering how the steering wheel would turn?

  • South_44 says:

    Love the concept and the idea, the whole “Zero” concept. I like the distribution and the hollow back weight saving idea. However if this is going to be mass produced I'd like to see perhaps some more outward thinking and innovation on some of the safety systems that could be employed to help the design stay completely new.
    Are there sites where I can have a closer look at the power plant and perhaps some of the more intricate aspects of the steering?
    Finally love the design hope to see more of these concepts.

  • South_44 says:

    Love the concept and the idea, the whole “Zero” concept. I like the distribution and the hollow back weight saving idea. However if this is going to be mass produced I'd like to see perhaps some more outward thinking and innovation on some of the safety systems that could be employed to help the design stay completely new.
    Are there sites where I can have a closer look at the power plant and perhaps some of the more intricate aspects of the steering?
    Finally love the design hope to see more of these concepts.

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