|Mazda Furai Concept '08|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo PSP|
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||ST|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Max Power||450 BHP|
Unveiled by Mazda at the 2008 North American Motor Show in Detroit, USA, the Furai is a high-powered, ultra-lightweight concept car. Its 450BHP, together with the Courage Competition C65 lightweight chassis onto which the Furai is built, makes this one of the fastest and most agile cars in Gran Turismo 5.
"A racing car only possible at Mazda, using an ethanol-powered rotary engine."
The "Furai" was Mazda's concept car shown at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show.
It is the 5th design in the "Nagare" design concept series, and the word Furai, means "the sound of the wind". It was manufactured based on the Courage C65 chassis used by Mazda in the ALMS P2 racing class, and was mounted with a 3 rotor R20B rotary engine producing 444 BHP. As an environmentally friendly super performance machine, it is fuelled by BP's ethanol fuel, E100. The use of the 100% ethanol fuel in the rotary engine opens new doors for the possibilities of rotary engines in the future.
But aside from the Environmental performance and specs, the true attraction of the Furai is in its design. From the concept of 'a racing car cutting through wind', its form utilizes sharp lines flowing into soft curves, whilst executing effective aerodynamics. It has a distinctly Japanese flavor about it, and the delicate perfection of the design was highly praised by many, generating a large number of fans. The motifs from the front mask, utilizing flowing multilayered fins, lives on in the new Axela (Mazda 3) announced in 2009.
The Furai also performed test drives on the Laguna Seca, and drove publicly at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, entertaining visitors with its unique form and resonating rotary sound.
Mazda holds the record for winning the Le Mans with a rotary engine race car. The Furai is a car that brings to life a dream and possibility, that the rotary engine may once again return to the Le Mans in the future.
The real-life version of this car was a one-off built for the Detroit Motor Show in January 2008. Following this, the car was paraded before motor shows and motoring magazine photographers throughout 2008.
Unlike most concept cars, the Mazda Furai model is considered by most people as a fully functional car, tested and proven at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, USA and Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Kern County, California.
The head designer of the car, Laurens van den Acker, stated in an interview with Top Gear Magazine that there would have been possibilities of the Mazda Furai being used for racing in Le Mans. He also hoped that the car would be brought to the market, possibly making it the first fully functional concept car to ever be commercialized.
Mazda remained quiet at first after their excitement for its almost endless possibilities, but in September 2013, it has been revealed that the car has been destroyed by fire during road tests on Top Gear test track in 2008. On August 19th 2008, while on a photo shoot for Top Gear magazine at Bentwaters Parks in Suffolk, England, the unique Furai concept car was destroyed by fire.
This car can be purchased for 1,250,000 Credits. It is a simplified car.
In GT5, the Furai can be acquired by winning the NR-A Roadster Cup in the Amateur Series in B-Spec. It can also occasionally be found in the Used Car Dealership priced at around 1,500,000 Credits. It is a Level 23 car.
This car can be purchased from the dealerships for 1,000,000 Credits.
- Unlike in real life, this car is available in several color schemes. All those color schemes are actually fictional, and created by Polyphony Digital.
- This car is considered as a race car in its various appearances in the Gran Turismo series.