Mazda Furai

The Mazda Furai (マツダふうらいMazda Furai) was a concept car revealed on 27 December 2007 and manufactured by Mazda.[1][2] A teaser image of the vehicle was released on 11 December 2007.[3][4] The Furai officially debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.[5]

Mazda Furai
Mazda Furai Detroit 2008.JPG
Manufacturer Mazda
Designer Swift Engineering with Mazda’s design studio, Southern California
Body and chassis
Class Concept car
Layout MR layout
Platform Courage C65 LMP2
Related Mazda Nagare
Mazda Ryuga
Mazda Hakaze
Mazda Taiki
Engine 450 hp (336 kW) R20B RENESIS 3 Rotor Engine
Transmission X-trac 6 speed semi-automatic
Wheelbase 2,790 mm (109.8 in)
Length 4,563 mm (179.6 in)
Width 1,956 mm (77.0 in)
Height 977 mm (38.5 in)
Curb weight 675 kg
Predecessor Nagare
Wing and exhaust in detail from the Mazda Furai on display at the 2008 Canadian International Auto Show

The Furai (風籟 Fūrai), meaning “sound of the wind”, was the fifth and last of the Nagare line of concept cars that have been made by Mazda since 2006. The chassis was based on the Courage Compétition C65 Le Mans Prototype that Mazda last used to compete in the American Le Mans Series, two seasons previously[3] and was designed to use E100 ethanol fuel, it was powered by a heavily modified 20B 3-rotor wankel engine that put out 450 brake horsepower (340 kW). The engine was developed and built by renowned rotary tuner, Racing Beat, who also built the car’s rotary-shaped muffler canister.[6]

The car wore the number 55, that of its 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning ancestor, the 787B. Unlike many concept cars, the Furai was fully functional and was tested at various tracks. It ran at Laguna Seca and Buttonwillow.

The head designer, Laurens van den Acker, had stated in an interview with Top Gear magazine that there would have been possibilities of the Furai being used for racing in Le Mans, and he also had strong hopes that the car could be brought to the market.[7]

The Mazda Furai also appears as a playable vehicle in various video game series such as Real Racing 3, Gran Turismo, Forza,[8] GRID, Asphalt and GT Racing. Additionally, a die-cast toy of the car has been made by Hot Wheels.


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