Mazda Furai : Race Track
The Furai, which celebrates 40 years of Mazda's rotary engine and
international motorsports heritage is seen here in full intimate detail.
Furai is the latest in the Nagare design series from Mazda introduced at
the 2008 Detroit AutoShow (NAIAS). Based on a US Le Mans race series
Courage C65 chassis and featuring a 3 rotor rotary engine fueled by
ethanol. Hear the full sound these rotors make in this intimate video.
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Info from Wikipedia : The Furai officially debuts at the 2008 North
American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Furai (風籟, Fūrai?),
meaning Sound of the wind, is the fifth and last of the Mazda Nagare line
of concept cars that have been made by Mazda since 2006. The chassis is
based on the Courage Compétition C65 Le Mans Prototype that Mazda last
used to compete in the American Le Mans Series, two seasons previously
and is designed to use E100 ethanol fuel, it is powered by a new generation
3-rotor wankel engine that puts out 450 brake horsepower (340 kW). The
engine is developed and built by renowned rotary tuner, Racing Beat, who
also built the car's rotary-shaped muffler canister.
The car bears the #55 number that of its 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans winning
ancestor, the 787B. Unlike many concept cars, the Furai is fully functional
and is currently being tested at various tracks. It has run at Laguna Seca
Head designer, Laurens van den Acker, has stated in an interview with Top
Gear magazine that there are possibilities of the Furai being used for
racing in Le Mans, and he also has strong hopes that the car could be
brought to the market.
Mazda Furai Concept Hits the Track
Not only is the Mazda Furai concept visually stunning, but the sound of its
RENESIS-based R20B triple rotary engine is ferocious enough to make the
most seasoned professional GT driver weak in the knees.
After a recent leisurely stroll up and down the Goodwood hill, the Furai
carried out full blown aggression therapy at Kemble Airfield in the UK.
Despite a blown clutch over the weekend, the Furai was back in the saddle
on Tuesday and CarTribe.co.uk got it on video.
First unveiled in Detroit earlier this year, the ethanol powered race car
adapted from the soul of the Courage C65 LMP-2 chassis in the American Le
Mans Series (ALMS), sets out to bridge the gap between the single-purpose
racecars and street-legal performance models(supercars).