It was revealed by Mazda on December 27, 2007 and debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with a number 55 livery paying tribute to the Mazda 787B.
Powered by a heavily modified R20B Renesis 3-rotor engine, that produces 450 hp (336 kw), it was specially designed to use British Petroleum's E100 ethanol fuel. Teamed with its Courage C65 chassi and carbon-composite body, it was closer to a prototype than a concept car, with it being tested at various tracks including Laguna Seca and Buttonwillow.
In September 2013, it was revealed that the car had been destroyed during a test drive for Top Gear magazine on August 19, 2008. It caught fire following it cresting a hill at Bentwaters Parks and shifting down through its gears for a turn. The driver at the time, Mark Ticehurst, was able to exit the car before it was engulfed in flames.
The charred remains of the Furai were transferred to Mazda’s Advanced Design Studio in Irvine, California.
Need for Speed: Edge
The Furai Concept appears in Need for Speed: Edge.
- ↑ Article: topgear.com (2015) Exclusive: how the Mazda Furai burned to death Available at: https://www.topgear.com/car-news/concept/exclusive-how-mazda-furai-burned-death