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Monday, June 1, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Shows Off Perfect 50/50 Weight Balance


2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata balance photo

The 4th generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata made its debut earlier this year in Monterey, California, with a live-streamed event broadcast across the globe. It received a whole new design that follows the cues set by the rest of the Mazda lineup while still looking like an MX-5.
It also maintained its perfect 50/50 weight distribution while coming in at tipping the scales at only 2,332 pounds. The design team focused on reducing weight through what they called a “gram strategy” that looked at everything on the car to see if even the smallest savings could be achieved.

2016 Mazda MX-5 street photo

The Mazda team decided to show off the car’s perfect balance in this video which features commentary by engineer Dave Coleman and MX-5 program manager Rod McLaughlin. They took their new pride and joy and stuck it on an aluminum balance beam to see if the car would stay perfectly centered with a man in the driver’s seat.

It’s a fairly complicated stunt. Even though you know it’s going to work (or they wouldn’t have been showing this video), you’ll still hold your breath a little as the guys walk away from the balance beam and leave the car on its own. Bet the guy in the driver’s seat was holding his breath, too.