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Mazda Furai Concept
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Maybe the title needs to be changed to "Concept Cars"

Do you like the Mazda Furai Concept? What is your favorite Car concept? Moreover this is a general thread on concept cars so anything on it can be discussed and posted here.


“Furai,” simply translated, means "sound of the wind" and is the fifth iteration or evolution of Mazda's new design language exemplified in its initial Nagare concept, which you may recall meant “flow.” Far from just a piece of artwork on wheels, this working concept actually began life as one of Mazda's 2006 season ALMS P2 race cars.

Built on a Courage C65 chassis and powered by a 450-bhp 3-rotor rotary engine, this ethanol (E100)-powered concept car is an exercise in reverse homologation: It represents an ideal within the Mazda philosophy, and that is to bridge the gap between single-purpose race cars (ALMS) and street-legal models (Ferrari Enzo, Lotus Elise), according to Mazda's Director of Design, Franz von Holzhausen.

The complex outer shell of the Furai clearly follows its predecessor's design trends, but through the guidance and expertise of Swift Engineering also functions aerodynamically. Front-fascia channels direct air to the brake ducts as strategically placed louvers on top of the front wheel fenders aid heat evacuation and help suck the front end closer to the ground. Its sculpted flanks create turbulence which draws air to the side ducts that help keep the engine cool in conjunction with the radiators mounted in the car's sidepods. Aft of the gullwing doors, flow-directing details continue to guide air over the car's rear haunches toward a large, functioning, adjustable-element spoiler. The sharp element you see protruding from the roof is called an Air Fang, and was designed by the guys at Swift to optimize ram air induction. The air split by the Air Fang creates vortices which force air down into the intake








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Sweet Moley!!! This is a hot concept
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Posted 9/15/08
Well I'm liking the Land Rover especially.



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The Mazda Furai is one of the cooler concepts in recent years. I love the interior as well as the exterior. It is pure maximalism at its best. Most concepts are very expensive but because it is based on the Courage C65 it probably isn't as expensive as full fledged concept.

My favorite is not a hyper sports car but that of a hatchback for four; the Renault Megane concept. I dig the simple yet extremely well executed lines and contours that give it a beautiful figure. I love how the doors open, which was inspired by beetles if I recall correctly from Auto & Design magazine.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1wfcgy2iVI
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Posted 9/15/08
Don't particularly care for the extraterrestrial styling in the nose. Otherwise, I like it overall.
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Posted 9/16/08
holy mother dats like whoa lol
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23 / M / Thessolaniki, Greece
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Posted 9/16/08
Isnt it called Mazda Taiki?
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Posted 9/16/08
Taiki is another concept but has the same design language.
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27 / M / California
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Posted 9/16/08
I got to see the Furai in person several times at different drift events and trade shows in CA.

The front is nice, but i love the rear of the car more. the custom titanium rotary canister dipped in copper tint with torched blue ends looks amazing.
Posted 9/17/08
looks so fast to drive!!!
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Posted 9/18/08
woah! I like the land rover concept too! it's great
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Posted 9/19/08
wow looking at it from the front is almost like a futuristic batmobile......but damn thats a nice ass car
Posted 9/21/08
for some reason.. it look like it has a FACE
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Hummer HX Concept

Looking to challenge Jeep Wrangler head-on, Hummer has come up with an entry-level offering called the HX. Riding on a 103.0-in. wheelbase, the open-top HX measures 171.0 in. overall and is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 304 bhp and 272 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The suspension features an independent front with coil-over shocks and a semi-trailing link rear. Brembo 6-piston caliper front and 4-piston rear disc brakes are found beneath 20-in. alloy wheels.

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Putter wrote:

Do you like the Mazda Furai Concept? What is your favorite Car concept?


“Furai,” simply translated, means "sound of the wind" and is the fifth iteration or evolution of Mazda's new design language exemplified in its initial Nagare concept, which you may recall meant “flow.” Far from just a piece of artwork on wheels, this working concept actually began life as one of Mazda's 2006 season ALMS P2 race cars.

Built on a Courage C65 chassis and powered by a 450-bhp 3-rotor rotary engine, this ethanol (E100)-powered concept car is an exercise in reverse homologation: It represents an ideal within the Mazda philosophy, and that is to bridge the gap between single-purpose race cars (ALMS) and street-legal models (Ferrari Enzo, Lotus Elise), according to Mazda's Director of Design, Franz von Holzhausen.

The complex outer shell of the Furai clearly follows its predecessor's design trends, but through the guidance and expertise of Swift Engineering also functions aerodynamically. Front-fascia channels direct air to the brake ducts as strategically placed louvers on top of the front wheel fenders aid heat evacuation and help suck the front end closer to the ground. Its sculpted flanks create turbulence which draws air to the side ducts that help keep the engine cool in conjunction with the radiators mounted in the car's sidepods. Aft of the gullwing doors, flow-directing details continue to guide air over the car's rear haunches toward a large, functioning, adjustable-element spoiler. The sharp element you see protruding from the roof is called an Air Fang, and was designed by the guys at Swift to optimize ram air induction. The air split by the Air Fang creates vortices which force air down into the intake








Other top concept

1. Lexus LF-A Roadster
2. Mitsubishi Concept-RA
3. Concept Dodge ZEO
4. Mazda Furai Concept
5. Land Rover LRX Concept


Hummer HX Concept
Land Rover LRX Concept
Suzuki A-Star Concept
Saab 9X Concept
Subaru G4e Concept







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