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 : 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.
Mazda Furai Concept Laps Buttonwillow
Mazda ALMS driver Ben Devlin takes Mazda designer Ken Saward for a few laps
around Buttonwillow in the Mazda Furai Concept Car, which made its debut at
the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past
January. Keep in mind that this is a concept car...
its a 8 million dollar baby and the special attraction is that car is hand
► Mazda Furai concept Review
2008 Mazda Furai is a sports car concept that is at home both on the street
and on the track.
The Furai is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with a three-rotor
rotary engine (3 x 654 cm3) that runs on ethanol. Its high sporty rasp
comes from approximately 450 HP of rotary power at 9,000 rpm and gets this
to the road using a Hewland TLS, 6-speed sequential transmission with
steering wheel mounted paddle shift.
0 to 100 km/h (60 mph): 4 secondes
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Mazda Furai concept TEST DRIVE
Inspired by the fact that, on any given weekend, there are more Mazdas and
Mazda-powered cars road-raced in the United States than any other brand,
the Mazda Furai is the sort of car that could only come from a company that
incorporates the "Soul of a Sports Car" into everything it builds, but with
an eye toward the future and the environment through the use of ethanol
(E100) produced by British Petroleum (BP).
Furai takes Mazda's unique Nagare (Japanese for "flow") design language a
step further as it is translated into a concept car based on an American Le
Mans Series (ALMS) racing car. The car utilizes the Courage C65 chassis the
company campaigned in the ALMS series only two seasons ago, and the 450-hp
3-rotor rotary engine that distinguishes it from anything else on the
"Furai purposely blurs boundaries that have traditionally distinguished
street cars from track cars. Historically, there has been a gap between
single-purpose racecars and street-legal models — commonly called
supercars — that emulate the real racers on the road. Furai bridges that
gap like no car has ever done before," remarked Franz von Holzhausen,
Mazda's North American Director of Design.
Mazda's critically acclaimed Nagare design language describes the flow of
water, air, people or things moving in one direction. Mazda Nagare is flow,
with an insightful and spirited styling, which, in Mazda Furai, invokes a
raw, unfettered desire to possess everything this car represents.
Jadi : Mazda Furai
Jadi filmed this earsplitting video of the Mazda Furai concept car at the
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Jadi used 6 HD cameras, chasing the Mazda Furai
with a Bell Jet Ranger Helicptor and Porsche 911 GT3 in addition to 2
raceway camera operators. The video was presented to the international
press at the Detroit Auto Show just before unveiling the Mazda Furai
concept car on stage. The video was shown during the auto shows duration
and utilized on the web and social media circuit to garner attention for
Mazda's new design aesthetic and direction. Power for the Furai is sourced
from a three-rotor engine — that runs on E100 Ethanol by BP — and
releases 450 horsepower.