Five years after the beautiful Mazda Furai Concept debuted, Top Gear magazine has finally admitted to accidentally burning it to the ground in a teaser for the 20th anniversary issue – sort of. The magazine provides a photo of the crispy Furai Concept on its website, but has since allegedly revised the announcement to say that Top Gear was on hand for its "untimely demise in 2008."

According to Jalopnik, the original teaser read like this:

"Forgive us, for we have sinned. Top Gear is responsible for the untimely demise of the quite remarkable Mazda Furai Concept, and we're very, very sorry. Find out how (if that picture hasn't clued you in...) in our bumper anniversary issue, and try not to hate us too much."


So can you forgive them? We'll forgive, but not forget, and keep watching Top Gear UK (how couldn't we?). Since it apparently no longer exists, celebrate the gorgeous Furai's former glory and take a look at its photo gallery.


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      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a bunch of wankers. their thirst for over the top, overdramatic stunts has seriously destroyed that show. and a shame that the best concept car of all time is a casualty if their asshattery
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      great looking vehicle. I love the Top Gear show (the UK version). The US version is awful though.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
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      Haelphadreous
      • 1 Year Ago
      I did not know that the Furai was destroyed, that is just depressing news, this was one of my favorite concept cars in recent memories, I would have loved to have seen, say an Production up market RX-7 revival making 300~500 hp based on this thing, slotted into the $60~100k range, even if that is still well beyond what I can afford, just seeing something like that on the road would make me smile.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a gesture of goodwill they should devote a portion of the show showcasing the many interesting and beloved Mazda's over the years.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the best concept ever, and I wish they did a better job applying the design on to the production model. The wicked Nagare design language turned into a plain smily face...
      bwana343
      • 1 Year Ago
      Top Crap, tabloid on wheels, pure modern TV at it's worst, and most popular, shame on us.
        Zak
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bwana343
        You're 100% right. Top Gear has turned into a formulaic, boring, jingoistic, xenophobic, barf-in-your-mouth-when-Clarkson-bends-over waste of time. It pretty much died after Season 16. I watched two episodes of Season 20, hoping it had improved. It hadn't.
        muchdrama
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bwana343
        Couldn't have said it better myself.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 1 Year Ago
      design genius: Bernard Lee....! Shame it got burnt.. such an insane car and sounded bonkers....
      • 1 Year Ago
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      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Mazda is fu-ried.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stupid, stupid, TopGear.
      hctscuzzdennis
      • 1 Year Ago
      Accidents happen but is this shear Negligence ??? How did it Happen ?? Who is Responsable??? I would like to read the Full Story,,,, Name Names,, Let the Truth be Known !!!!! Dennis S.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hctscuzzdennis
        Most likely the same thing that caused a bunch of Ferraris to burn to the ground using a thermo plastic glue in a hot area. This caused the glue to melt drip onto hot parts and burst into flame.
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst headline ever
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