1. It was a running prototype with the first ever rotary engine racecar designed to run on E100, aka, 100% ethanol fuel, and was faster than most cars, excluding Group C and F1, around most tracks.

2. The engine was based on the 1986 "13G" Le Mans prototype 3-rotor engine, which also gave way to the 3-rotor 20B in the Eunos Cosmo of the 90s.

3. It weighed 675kg, which is only about 30-50kg more than an F1 car. This gave it a power/weight ratio of .66, or three times better than a Bugatti Veyron.


4. Its chassis was based on an American Le Mans series spec Courage C65 chassis.

5. However, in the original race car, the engine was limited to around 400HP. The Furai had 450 with the use of E100 and a removed air restrictor.

6. The doors opened like this:


7. Without a rear wing, the drag coefficient is .36, but provides massive downforce as well. This is comparable to a Koenigsegg Agera R.

8. The wheelbase was 109 inches, which makes it about the same tire-to-tire length as a medium-sized sedan, despite its light weight.

9. It has a top speed of only 180, but a 0-60 time of about 3 seconds.

10. Its creation gave way to tons of rumors, such as the use of an E100 capable production engine, Mazda aiming for another Le Mans championship, and a supercar positioned above the RX-8. It was originally thought that the Furai may be itself a new car that could be sold the the public.


Bonus round for Blondude, those weird designs on the front and rear? Those are LED strip tail and headlights.


As a car, the Furai was probably one of the most (if not the most) driven and fast concept cars ever made. Unlike most concepts in the last 10 years, it wasn't a model, it wasn't for show, it was a a real race car that was extraordinarily fast.

I think if it had to go, being burned to ground by Top Gear driving stupidly fast is what we and the car would have wanted, instead of sitting in a museum and rotting.