Mazda has worked hard on keeping their Furai super car concept under raps while honing its shape and its drive-train. The slipped a little rear-snippet out early as they announced that they would be making a super car debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but now we have more than just a snippet to enjoy. Photos of the completed car running what appear to be test laps have found their way across the internet (whether planned by Mazda or not) and interest in the odd-shaped Furai is growing. Ofcourse that may not be a buying publics interest that is growing, but curiosity fed interest is interest none-the-less.
The Mazda Furai is to be powered by a 450-hp 3-rotor rotary engine. Part of its shape comes from the 2005 Courage C65 racing chassis that it is built upon. It is nice to see a Rotary engine coming from Mazda with some decent horsepower, but will it also have some measure of torque that seems to be missing from their other rotary engines. One interesting difference from Mazda’s other rotary engines is that the Furai will be fueled by BP’s E100 Ethanol.
However, the engine and chassis will truly be taking a backseat (despite the car not having one) when you first approach the Mazda Furai. It will be the striking appearance of the molded lines and large wing of the car that will capture ones gaze. One comment on the web said that this should be the new Batmobile. Either way you look at it the Mazda Furai does feed the imagination and is yet another bold styling move by Mazda.
Look for more on the Furai and other Mazda concepts at the North American International Auto Show coverage from Detroit starting January 13th.