• Oct 5, 2005
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The Mazda Senku ("Pioneer") concept car gets its world premiere at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The vehicle is intended as a four-seater, rotary-powered sports car for adults. Suggesting a possible next-generation design theme for Mazda, the Senku features an ultra-long wheelbase, minimal overhangs, a "floating" appearance supported by large wheels, a smooth shape without ornamentation, and large "flying wing" powered sliding doors.

The powerplant is the next-generation 13B-DI direct injection gasoline rotary engine with a hybrid electric unit. The direct injection rotary hybrid allows high power output with lower fuel consumption, plus a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.

[Source: Mazda] [Thanks, Rocket Punch!]



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      • 9 Years Ago
      Here's a real handy guide to all the concept cars in the upcoming show, sorted by country of origin and maker: http://autos.goo.ne.jp/motorshow/conceptcar/maker/index.html And here's a list of world and Japan premiers by maker: http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/show/2005/english/public/list_exhibits/index.shtml
      • 9 Years Ago
      Umm, where's the headlights?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah...that thing looks creepy without the headlights.
      • 9 Years Ago
      My bad - it includes mostly cars from past shows, including ones other than Tokyo.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The vehicle is intended as a four-seater, rotary-powered sports car for adults. Thats good, because all those industry attempts at selling sports cars to adolescents and grade school kids have really been disappointing. I assume a proper translation would indicate that the back seats are meant to hold adults such as in the RX-8. So does that make this a trial balloon for the next RX-8?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Yahoo site linked in my username has the Yahoo Photo gallery. The headlights are visible (really slim slits above the grill, two of 'em) Looks interesting! And any Rotary is good. Add to that the clamor for more hybrids and the improved performance and mileage, as someone already pointed out - and this could be a decent success. Although we'll get it half a decade after the rest of the world, thanks to Ford's infinite wisdom :(
      • 9 Years Ago
      I see. "Flying Wing" is code for "minivan".
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah they should've added headlights, but that's because they tried doing those "radical because it's just a concept, and it's COOOOL!" kind of projects. A suggestion are headlights (LED's would be nice) hidden in some way, like a one-way light housing that's flush with the body and the same colour, or keeping in with the radical design a "cyclops eye" in the grille, composed of an LED array.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I thought that Mazda needed to go hybrid with the rotary soon after the intro of the RX-8, as it would help boost fuel economy and overcome the low torque of the Renesis. Now, add direct injection, and I think the rotary has what it takes to survive in the marketplace. Hope it comes soon.