Targa Miata
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January 28, 2007 - Time to lighten the doors.
I recently saw a picture of a Miata with every removable panel made out of carbon fibre. The owner claims the doors are 9 lbs each. We don't have that budget, but this door has been dropped from 32.45 to 24.35 lbs. Enough structure is being left in place to allow the retention of a manual window crank and windows.
It's not as extreme as I've gone in the past. For a previous race car I helped build at Flyin' Miata, was built a door that wouldn't support its own weight! That one was about 14 lbs. However, we are required to run the factory inner door panels for the Targa and we also want windows for the Newfoundland weather.
tags: weight loss