Mazda MX-5 Roadster: The Inside Story by Mazda’s Designers and Engineers
[Veloce Publishing, £29.99]
With the bulk of the content coming from the 14 engineers and designers who were involved in the project, Roadster provides a detailed and previously unpublished account of the development of the Mazda MX-5 – the best selling sports car in the world.
From conception through design and production, the problems, objections and disagreements that invariably arise in such a project are covered in this book. The team faced criticism, notably over the design, which was labelled by some as outdated and ill-conceived. The struggle to ensure the long-term future of the project is revealing of the workings of a major car company.
The reader learns that, such was the opposition to the project in the early stages, only a token number of staff were allocated, the team were re-located three times in less than a year and, most memorably, ended up housed in one of the company’s car parks.
Featuring rare prototype photographs and abundant technical information, from layout design and vehicle engineering, to computer simulation and the development of the soft-top, this book gives an engaging and authoritative account of the birth of a modern classic.