Did you know that there are more Mazdas raced in America than any other brand? Don’t worry, no one else did either, which is a good enough reason to roll out this futuristic Le Mans-style prototype not only to put a point on the brand’s racing heritage, but to push its design language forward. Check out the organic lines of the grille and air intakes—those are already defining a bold new look for formerly hum-drum economy cars.
The Furai also highlights a concept car Catch 22: its whacky lines work well on a dramatic racecar, but when interpreted into production cars, something's not quite right. On the MazdaSpeed3 they create a crazed Pokemon smile, and the new Mazda5 minivan looks like it’s waist deep in a pond, thanks to similarly fluid accent lines along its flanks.