• Jan 13, 2008

click above for new live shots of the Mazda Furai

We were looking forward to seeing the Mazda Furai, but nothing could take away from the experience of actually seeing it in person. The car simply just doesn't have a bad angle. What's really incredible is that it's not just a show car. Under that sleek body is a Mazda 20B rotary engine pushing 450 horsepower and a Courage C65 race car chassis. While you may not be personally at the show, we've done our best to bring you the high resolution photos. You can check out the new live pictures in the Furai Concept gallery, along with the 60 press shots that were added earlier today.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      it would be insanely awesome if mazda produced something like this. its too much to hope for i know, but something with an even remote resemblance to this car in layout and styling would just be incredible
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazda, Call this the "RX-1" and put this into production. Please. No matter how limited.

      It won't make money, but It would really be a showcase of Mazda technology and the rotary engine. Also, a unique take on the supercar; I think we are all tired of the generic wedge-design supercar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Then again could this car actually race 24 hours without the engine blowing its seals or wearing down its rotor tips?..
        • 7 Years Ago
        If the rotary were so unsuitable for endurance racing, why was it banned from competition after it won?
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is the exact chassis and motor (787B I believe) that won the 24 hours of Le Mans making Mazda the only Japanese manufacture to ever win the famed race.

        Now I have a can am car with a 13B and it is the most reliable big horse power race car I have ever owned. The motor will last an entire season without needing a rebuild!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The rims on the back being smaller than the front really messes with me.

      I don't know if I'm blown away by this, they took a race car and slapped on a lot of stuff that makes it less aerodynamic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does Mazda actually sell it as a track car? They really should.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 7 Years Ago
        The reason Mazda doesn't race the rotary themselves in ALMS is because the FIA banned rotaries after 1991. The year Mazda won the 24 hours of Le Mans.

        They still race Star Mazdas with rotaries though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey guys just remind me, what year is this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think you guys attached the wrong photos to this story. because the thing in the photos is absolutely gross-out disgusting.

      i'll take my headlights without wrinkley skin flaps from now on. thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It must've went so fast the front melted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog, I love you, but your gallery resizing is as bad as it ever was.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In response to "why not the LS2/LS7?"- BK Motorsports is NOT a fully sponsored team by Mazda. That team wanted to go with the 2.0 engine as they felt it was best for them... ALMS isn't the only series Mazda's are raced in. If you want to see some other rotary cars hitting the track, take a look at the 3-rotor RX8 cars in Grand-Am GT and the 2-rotor in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's hot - it may look like a Batman prop but that is a good thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is the Mazda [Japanese] not using Yokohama or Bridgestone tires? Kumho's definitely Korean, last I checked. I just found that a bit odd.
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