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Incredible Stop-Motion Teardown Of a Mazda MX5 Miata Engine

Turn up the volume and watch this incredible teardown of a Mazda MX5 Miata engine.This stop-motion clip of a Mazda Miata engine coming apart might just be the prettiest engine teardown video ever. This video pays a meticulous attention to detail that other engine teardowns see to avoid. It’s mesmerizing.

image credit: How a Car Works

When that happens, the only responsible move is to tear the engine down and get it ready to fight another day — even if it’s not heading back into the little roadster it came from.They spent a total of 15 days shooting and editing 2500 photos of the little roadster’s four-cylinder engine being taken apart to create the video below.

This time-lapse video, uploaded by the YouTube channel How a Car Works, shows every moving part of the Miata engine doing its job before being removed from the block: the crankshaft spins, the pistons cycle and the camshafts open valves.


The 2-minute stop-motion movie only covers the teardown but is shot cinematically enough to warrant a sequel — the assembly. We don’t know if it’s in the works, but it’d be better than a most of the sequels hitting the big screen today.