This past September we reported on Top Gear's destruction of the Mazda Furai, one of the finest concept cars to ever grace an auto show stage. It turns out that the Furai, which was burned nearly beyond recognition at the hands of the British magazine, was actually destroyed back in 2008, and that the entire thing had been covered up for five long years.

Now, a few months after publishing that heart-wrenching composite of a half-baked Furai (shown above), the lads at TG have published their account of just what resulted in a priceless concept car being transformed into a smoking hulk on a Suffolk runway. Click over to read the full story about just what happened, along with pictures of the Furai before, during and after the inferno.


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      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      "As we've been shooting, I've spotted the Furai's central exhaust spitting a thin cone of blue flame on downshifts. It's this I want to capture on our last run." So they wanted to shoot flames coming out of the exhaust and then the car catches on fire and they're surprised? They got too greedy with their shots and look what happened. Bunch of idiots. They don't really care about cars, they didn't even have a fire extinguisher in the chase vehicle they were in? This could have been easily avoided.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Burned pretty fast. This and other countless vehicle fire accounts puts a little bit of perspective on the Tesla fires. Heart breaking story for a car nut. It's hard to make a list of more beautiful or more exciting concepts.
      Ryan Schneider
      • 1 Year Ago
      They need to build this car again and call it the Furai: Phoenix.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        Clever, but the Phoenix burns over and over again.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      no radios??? thats some serious amateur hour stuff. you suck top gear.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      This one still hurts
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I DEMAND A NEW ONE BE MADE!!!! YOU HEAR ME MAZDA?!!! I DEMAND!!!!!!!!!!
      Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Truly gut wrenching every time this story is brought up. Especially after the recent report that Mazda is going to give up on Rotary Engines. The death of this concept marks the death of Mazda as we know it, now they are busy with crowd pleasing novelties like a hybrid 3 instead of paying tribute to the race winning designs of the past. Let Toyota and Honda build eco trash and keep Mazda on the track where they belong.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I read about this in the Top Gear Magazine back in September (dead tree edition). 3 months later...
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Mike J
      • 1 Year Ago
      In light of the Porche GT that was in last weekend tragic accident, the question is why these exotic car turn into infernos so easily.
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike J
        danger to the manifold!
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        @Mike J
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          dukeisduke
          • 1 Year Ago
          Yes, where was the fire suppression system? But then, by the time Ticehurst noticed the fire, and hit the button, it may have been too late anyway.
      Ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was such a pretty car...now it's dead :-(
      Zeal of Sparta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such a shame that it burnt up so quickly. I really hope they make another in it's likeness for production. A Mazda supercar would be awesome.
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