• Dec 27, 2007

We got a small preview of the Furai Concept with a teaser photo released by Mazda a few weeks ago, but Inside Line has let the cat out of the bag with a full set of photos and more details about the car. The Furai, which translates to "sound of wind", is built on a Courage C65 chassis that was campaigned by Mazda in the 2005 ALMS season. It features a fully-running three-rotor Mazda 20B rotary engine that runs on E100 ethanol and produces around 450 horsepower. The flowing shape of the Furai was co-designed by Mazda and Swift Engineering at Mazda's design studio in Southern California. Expect the full details and tons of photos when we see the car in person at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks. Until then, fix your eyes on the gallery of photos below.

[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      One of the most amazing sports car designs I have seen. Its very modern, futuristic and flowing, but beautiful at the same time. Bravo Mazda!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. Mazda needs to let the Stig flog the car around the track. Sure it's a concept, but it's a RUNNING concept! Although the reviewer at Edmund's does say that this is neither a road car nor a race car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The air around that front end has to be uber turbulent at high speed. Give the thing to the Italians and stick it in a wind tunnel for a few hours. Other than that, it's not too bad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im in love. BUILD IT PLEASE!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like I'm the only one (so far) that has difficulty digesting this. Don't like its design. But hey, I'm just voicing my opinion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      love it

      the more of these style concept cars that mazda cranks out the better they look. that probably has something to do with the proportions you get when you start with a racecar but what ever.

      the next rx7 is going to be stunner
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not a huge fan of mazda's recent concepts, aside from the Kabura, which I BADLY want one of.

      But this thing is amazing.

      this is one of the most striking mid-engined car designs I've seen in a while, since maybe the McLaren F1, and possibly better, and more innovative looking than the more powerful Pagani Zonda, and even Ferrari Enzo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice design. Too bad they left it outside on a sunny day, and the front melted and lost its shape.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front end is a little odd, but I like the overall shape. Very futuristic looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      RX-10, anyone?

      You know, Mazda and Ford have a degree of partnership. Ford has a bit of knowledge when it comes to high end MR halo cars (GT?). They also have a history of platform sharing. 3/Focus 6/Fusion, CX-9/Edge, 2/Festiva, etc, etc, etc.

      Maybe its not totally far fetched. They have legitimate heritage for a high-end MR sportscar with the 787B. Obviously it would be in omfgicouldneveraffordit price territory, but if they only built 500 and called it a day, that would rock.

      In the meantime, please please please give me a new RX-7 so I can trade in my S2000.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like what the batmobile should look like :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        OMG yeah the Batmobile goes to the race track! I almost busted out laughing
        • 7 Years Ago
        6th! The general shape reminds me of a Zonda... not saying that's bad of course...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe it IS the new Batmobile. Afterall, Ford has the vehicle product placement rights for the Dark Knight (Bruce Wayne's new civilian ride is the Lincoln MKS) and they do own Mazda (more or less).
        • 7 Years Ago
        4........I was about to post the same thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        +7. Except I was thinking that "Batman Beyond" cartoon from back in the day.

        @DJ

        Seriously, a Lincoln? That is kind of a step down from a Murcielago (Bat in espanol).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Make that 4 of us!

        I love that car and totally agree about the headlamps too! They are kind of odd! I don't have Photoshop at work but if someone wants to, add some Glass to that area to see what it looks like! Then post to AutoBlog with it? :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        wow, that makes 3 of us.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice, that looks awesome, although im guessing a lot of people wont like it. It would also be great if it makes GT5.
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