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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Mazda Furai

Of all the Nagare-themed concepts that Mazda has released over the past two years, one stands out. The Mazda Furai concept was unveiled this past January in Detroit and it walked away with our internal Best of Show award. Built around Mazda's two-year-old ALMS Courage C65 chassis and motivated by a 450-hp, three-rotor Wankel juiced by E100 Ethanol, the Furai was a concept that stood above the rest. Part of that was due to its stunning design, but mainly because it was also runner. And run it does. We've already seen video of the Furai testing at a track in Japan, and now we get to experience what its like inside during a few hot laps around the Buttonwillow circuit. Hit the jump to check it out, and make sure your speakers are turned up to 11, unless you're still at work.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The surface development on the Furai is FAN-TASTIC.

      ALL of the little lines and sweeps are a bit busy, but in a good way, where your eyes are always finding new curves and new angles.

      The wheels alone are something I badly want.

      As a design language, this needs to be on the street.

      Mazda is the Zoom Zoom company with the soul of a sports car in everything they make...

      Yet they don't make a hard-roof sports car. They make a convertible sports car, and a 4-door 4-seat sporty coupe-sedan something... Both good cars.

      But they don't have an RX7 any longer, front or rear-mid engined.

      if any car screams for a production version, it is the Furai, and if that production car were to fit into Mazda's lineup, it would be in the RX7 (or RX6 if they don't want to bind themselves to their own legend too much)

      The Kabura was nearly there, too, as a coupe version of the Miata.

      Kabura, being the first arrow into battle, might be a little late. But the car should exist.

      MX6 for I4 and DISI/turbo I4, with the mazdaspeed moniker. RX6 for the rotary. Easy would be front engine, rear drive, like the Miata and RX8. More interesting would be a boxster/cayman competitor or undercutter with a mid-engine chassis variant, especially with a rotary.

      With a rotary's thin torque, but wide rev range and feather light rev resistance, seems like a natural pairing to a dual-clutch automated manual transmission with 6 to 8 gears. (VW/Audi has 6, GT-R has 8 gears, IIRC), especially as a rear-mounted transaxle.

      Where is Mazda on this?... build us a fantastic sports car, the way we know Mazda can.

      The style is shown on Furai in spades. It could be toned down and still look miles ahead of anything else.

      We know that Mazda has the suspension savvy, and they have rotary, piston, and turbocharged engines already on deck...

      And they have a light-weight RWD stiff chassis under the NC Miata and RX8. A few tweaks, and a body change, to slot between the hard-roof 4-seat RX8, and the soft-roof 2-seat Miata.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great looking vehicle.
        • 7 Years Ago
        understatement of the year
        • 7 Years Ago
        I just made a mini Furai in my metal sculpture class. Even with my undying love for Porsches, this is the first vehicle that grabbed me so much I just had to make one. Crappy cell phone pics of the work in progress here:

        • 7 Years Ago
        I know, Imagine if this went into production. I'd buy this in a heartbeat.

        That being said...If it does go into production, I can't imagine how much they'd charge for this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing looks quite ugly and gay.
      Frankly, almost every recent design from Mazda looks like something a gay vegetarian would want.
      Offended? Frak you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Forget the Lambo, the Dark Knight should have this as his new ride.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoever said this was Laguna Seca has not played enough Gran Turismo, this is Buttonwillow racetrack in So Cal, you should know Laguna does not have a straitaway with 10 seconds at full throttle.

      Car is amazing, I'm wondering if this car is being developed for the new LMP1 Evo class at Le Man in 2010... Then it would have to go to production, woop.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, the photos are from Laguna Seca, but the video is not.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is definitely Buttonwillow, configuration 25. It's one of the least technical configurations at Buttonwillow. I've driven that track more than any other and my race car is stored there. You'll never see this car on the street. It's a Mazda designed body and Mazda motor on a Courage chassis LMP-2 class race car. That's also why it sounds the way it does, it's a race tuned engine without the need for mufflers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car makes me feel like a kid again. With big dreams of making it big so I can buy that Ferrari of my dreams, but now a MAZDA! Wow, I love the looks so much. Pity if they don't even make a super limited production run of it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW. Scanned by the previous article with hardly a glance, but this one just shows a totally different car. Beautiful.
      • 7 Years Ago
      MMMMmmmmm 787B.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        sadly they ban mazda (rotary) after that........ those gay ppl
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should make this car, it'd be awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That car is pure evil on wheels: the sound, the look... it really is scary and impressive !! Kudos Mazda for outdoing the industry again !
      • 7 Years Ago
      i wonder how aerodynamically competitive this chassis vs a LOLA LeMans chassis...wait is this a rotary or pistons?
      • 7 Years Ago
      holy smokes. talk about a mazda halo car.
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