Next Big Thing – sub-1000lb cars

The Mazda MX-0 is the eco-friendly future of motoring


You may well think so, but no. This is the Mazda MX-0, the company's entry for the LA Auto Show design challenge. It's an attempt to bring a useable car down below 1000lb in weight.

How much below?

Well, just a pound. But 999lb is incredibly light. Mazda has designed this concept around sustainable composites and high-torque electric motors while stripping out anything unnecessary and simplifying loads of parts.

To make it faster, right?

No, you foolish Clarksonite. This is all about saving the world through the power of green gadgetry. Less weight and electric motors mean this would be one eco-friendly automobile. Now we just need Mazda to make it – and make it cheap.