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Khatir Soltani
Furai concept steals the show at Mazda's stand
Japanese automaker Mazda says that more of their customers spend weekends zipping around racetracks in their vehicles than any other automaker. As a teaser for these zoom-zoomin folks, Mazda's Furai concept took the stand earlier today at the Toronto Auto Show.

Geared towards drivers who race their cars competitively, the Furai is designed after an ALMS race car- but with an eye for environmentally friendly operation. It runs on ethanol fuel produced by British Petroleum (BP) and rides Mazda's Courage C65 chassis which was introduced just two seasons ago.

All that environmental stuff is appropriate for a vehicle whose name translates to "The Sound of the Wind". Furai goes like the wind too- as power for the super-sleek super-racer comes from a triple-rotor wankel engine with 450 horsepower.

Franz von Holzhausen heads up design work for Mazda's North American operations. Of the concept, he says "Furai purposely blurs boundaries that have traditionally distinguished street cars from track cars. Historically, there has been a gap between single-purpose racecars and street-legal models- commonly called supercars- that emulate the real racers on the road. Furai bridges that gap like no car has ever done before."
Khatir Soltani
Khatir Soltani
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As a car enthusiast, he tests and compares vehicles from different categories through the eyes of the consumer, ensuring relevant and objective reviews.
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