The stop-motion clip of the Mazda Miata's engine coming apart might just be the prettiest engine tear down video ever. The video pays meticulous attention to detail that other engine teardowns see to avoid. It’s mesmerizing.
The time-lapse video was uploaded by the YouTube channel How a Car Works and it shows every moving part of the Mazda Miata's engine doing its job before being removed from the block; the crankshaft spins, the pistons cycle and the camshafts open valves.
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. How a Car Works 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.
The 2-minute stop-motion movie only covers the teardown but is shot cinematically enough to warrant a sequel — the assembly. This incredible teardown of a Mazda MX5 Miata engine in stop-motion is probably the coolest thing you get to see, turn up the volume and watch the video below.