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Detroit show: Mazda gets racey with Furai

Blurry: The competition-based Mazda Furai concept.

Ethanol-powered rotary concept car designed for the track

Mazda logo14 Jan 2008

MAZDA’S latest variation on its Nagare theme of concept cars brings together its view of a future production sports car and a car that could lead the company back to the race track.

Called Furai, the concept unveiled this morning at the Detroit motor show is the fifth in a series that started little more than a year ago with the Nagare (Los Angeles show 2006) and included the Ryuga (Detroit 2007), Hakaze (Geneva 2007) and Taiki (Tokyo 2007).

Furai utilises the French-built Courage C65 chassis that Mazda raced in the American Le Mans Series two seasons ago and is powered by a three-rotor R20B rotary engine that produces 338kW of power, running on 100 per cent ethanol.

22 center imageFurai Mazda North America design director Franz von Holzhausen said at the show reveal: “The mindsets of road-car and racing car fans are quite different, so the purpose of Furai is to find a meeting point for these disparate interests.

“Furai purposely blurs boundaries that have traditionally distinguished street cars from track cars.”

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