When you think of Mazda, you probably think about rotary engines. And when you think about rotary engines  Mazda Furai

then you probably think about fire-breathing RX-7’s or the 1991 Le Mans-winning 787B. then you probably think about fire-breathing RX-7’s or the 1991 Le Mans-winning 787B Mazda Furai

To honour its international motorsports heritage and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the rotary engine, Mazda came up with a very extreme concept car; the Mazda Furai.

On the 27nd of December 2007, the Mazda Furai was revealed at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

but it was taken a step further as it was translated into a car based on an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) prototype racing car

The chassis was taken from Oreca’s 2004 Courage Competition C65 Le Mans p rototype  The chassis was taken Mazda Furai

The car was powered by a new generation 20B three-rotor wankel engine which was developed and built by the renowned tuner Racing Beat. Mazda Furai

This E100 fuel was, with an eye towards the future and the environment, specially developed by the oil company BP and Mazda  Furai .

A power output of 450 hp doesn’t seem very much for a race car, but a curb weight of only 675 kilograms, resulted in a really fast car.Mazda Furai

The low weight combined with the powerful rotary-engine resulted in a power-to-weight ratio of 0.66, which is approximately three times better than a Bugatti Veyron.Mazda Furai

The Furai’s body was not only designed very aerodynamic, it was also designed very futuristic and completely in the spirit of the NAGARE design language. Mazda Furai

Despite creating loads of downforce, the car still had a very low drag coefficient and thus was the car very fast in corners and on straights. Mazda Furai