• Feb 25, 2011
Mazda Miata suspension – Click above to watch the video after the jump

...If this video captures your attention to the end. This unusually captivating video comes to us from an Autoblog reader, who identifies the mystery car as a Mazda Miata.

The video is shot from an unlikely, but ultimately cool angle, capturing just how hard the suspension has to work to keep everything pointed straight. Keeping tabs on your suspension is just another way of figuring out what minor tweaks you need to shave precious time of your runs.

Click past the jump to watch the 57-second video in its entirety. Trust us, you'll want to. Thanks for the tip, Tyler!

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      • 3 Years Ago
      There's a video shot like this looking at a 1st gen CTS-V's rear suspension showing how bad the wheel hop is on those cars from the factory when launching the car.

      Makes me shudder knowing that the G8 wheel hops as well. I don't want to drop my rear end all over the pavement!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Did they ever figure out WHY it was hopping like a bunny? Was it something inherent in the design or simply the tuning or what?

        And I don't think I have heard anything about the wheel hop issue with the 2nd gen car, so I hope/assume they solved it?
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is the CTS-V for anyone interested. Fast forward to 1:28
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1SSIGSTPBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats an interesting View. Cannot say I have ever seen a track run from Under the car before!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Note absence of a rear sway bar, trying to reduce the looseness in a miata at autocross.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha! I know this Miata. He designs the autocross courses for our car club in SC. It's a '97 Miata with a newly installed...maybe not yet perfected...launch control. The coilovers are Ohlins...only the best. He is a suspension junkie.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's a similar vid for the front suspension:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh_dSTiMB5Q
      • 3 Years Ago
      ohlins and a removed rear sway. Nice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nothing new when your in the world of off-road. Eg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DL60ycBcx4&feature=feedlik

      • 3 Years Ago
      The world from a different viewpoint. Nice aftermarket coil over.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dunno what the coils are, but I noticed the Bridgestone RE11s first =P
        • 3 Years Ago
        Gold body and yellow spring says Ohlins to me.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what is up with those energy scavenging shocks that were supposed to be coming online.
      Seems like as good or better a place to recapture some wasted energy as the brakes are.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes - but they are massive energy dumps which are not constantly in use.
        Perhaps slightly more-so in some stability/traction control setups.
        But honestly I can drive for hours on the freeway and never touch the brakes once.
        The suspension, on the other hand, is working away quite actively on even what seems to be smooth roads.

        Where you are driving would certainly skew it.
        And you may be correct that no matter what the biggest energy dump is in brakes.
        I don't think that is so cut and dry though.

        Think of it like hot water systems. The immediate demand high-btu tankless types take gads more energy to work than a tank system - when they are working.
        However, the constant use by the tank system means that overall it uses much more energy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Neat video . Shows the value of unsprung weight , less stress on your suspension components . The shock was working so smoothly .
      Kazden- swc . I agree , it's an Ohlins shock ,( my favorite bike shock ).
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