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Taking 'zoom-zoom' to the track

2008-01-04 07:37
Mazda's new Furai concept car, destined for a Detroit unveiling, harks back to the manufacturer's 24 Hour of Le Mans win in 1991.

The name Furai (pronounced foo-rye) means "sound of wind". But this car does more than float on a breeze, it was designed from the outset to perform.

The concept is based on the 2005 Courage C65 chassis raced in the American Le Mans series.

The body resembles that of the Nagare concept car and is the fifth of the recent batch of concepts aimed at exploring a new design identity for the Japanese manufacturer.

Whether any of the designs seen thus far will influence production models remains unclear.

What we can report is that the mid-engined concept uses a rotary unit that produces around 336 kW.

Design is by Mazda's North American design studio although the initial design was further tweaked by racecar specialists Swift Engineering who've succeeded in getting the car to generate 80% of its original downforce.

They, along with Mazda, have also developed a new intake configuration, known as an "air fang" that ensures better breathing through a shallow, leaf-like cup that allows fresh air to be dumped directly down the intake.


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