Mazda MX-5 Miata


Translated from Japanese, here is the extraordinary account of how the world’s most popular sportscar came into being.

This is the story of how a team of dedicated engineers and designers boldly conceived the idea of a totally new lightweight sportscar at a time when the traditional open roadster seemed doomed to extinction. Despite considerable opposition, the group tenaciously defended its concept of a car which would offer the driver the same unity as that found between a horse and its rider.

Despite the odds, the team succeeded brilliantly.

Here is the fascinating, and very often surprising, inside story of the MX-5 Miata’s conception, design and production as told by the individual members of the team.

The Team Editor: Takaharu ‘Koby’ Kobayakawa. Written by the team of 14 engineers and designers, Toshihiko Hirai (original project chief), Takao Kijima (the current head of the MX-5 programme), Masaaki Watanabe, Naoyuki Ikemizu, Tom Matano, Kouichi Hayashi, Shunji Tanaka, Sadao Isomura, Yutaka Imura, Youichi Shibuta, Sadamu Nishiguchi, Seiichi Omoto, Sumiaki Mizunaga, and Hirotaka Tachibana. Production overview by Brian Long. Translation from the original Japanese text by Daisuke Koujiya.


Cloth hardback. 250 tall x 207mm or 9-7/8 tall x 8-1/8in. 176 pages. Over 250 pictures, many in colour.

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Published : 23/11/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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