SEMA 2015 was a good opportunity for big brands like Mazda to showcase concepts, especially fast beasts like Spyder and Speedster models. Mazda brought the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster to the show and you can check them out below.
Mazda MX-5 Speedster may seem conceptually inspired by the Porsche 1600 Speedster and it’s a sporty vehicle with a tiny wind deflector in lieu of windshield. It also has a trademark color choice, called “Blue Ether” and this model totally revamps the existing MX-5 Miata. It saves weight first of all by relying on custom 16 by 8 inch Rays Extreme Gram Lights wheels with Kumbo Ecsta V710 tires also in the mix.
Carbon fiber doors and seats are here, plus a synthetic leather interior, all for the sake of saving 250 pounds. The engine is the Miata 2 liter 16 valve 4 cylinder unit, but this time accompanied by a center mount exhaust and 1.2 inch suspension drop. The Spyder model is supposed to be a reinvention of a classic vintage roadster, with a bikini top developed by ASC (American Sunroof Corporation) and the fabric supplied by Haartz.
Mazda MX-5 Spyder comes in Mercury Silver and has a carbon fiber aero kit, as well as Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17 inch wheels. The interior is all Spinneybeck “PRIMA” natural leather, for a sense of vintage. The engine of the Spyder goes something like this: SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT. Pretty impressive, right?
Around Christmas time gamers who own a PS3 and the Gran Turismo 6 title got a brand new car, the funky Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo. This model is available exclusively on the PS3 and it’s a very fine concept. It’s a special homage to the Mazda winn at the Le Mas 24 hour race in 1991.
That was the first victory for a rotary engine and the first victory for a Japanese car in the famous race. This supercar is inspired by the Mazda Kodo design language and it sports a stance that reminds us of the famous 787 B, the car that was victorious in the Le Mans race. LM55 uses a monocoque chassis, with carbon fiber elements and a bright white paint.
The shape of the front grille is an interpretation of the Mazda trademark front end, also present on production vehicles. After some crazy Toyota and Nissan concepts, it’s time for Mazda to take a stand and claim what’s theirs. I find it amazing that this car is inspired by a 1991 vehicle, showing us that there’s beauty in the past, not only the future.
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The Mazda Auto Adapt is supposed to be a supercar of 2025, a render taking part in the L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge. This model was created by a team made of Jacques Flynn, Tim Brown and Seung Joong Kim.
The car’s inspiration comes from the way the insects have adapted over the long millennia. Mazda has created a concept supercar that can adapt from being autonomous to being used by a human driver. This is the vehicle of 2025 apparently and it’s a sort of sophisticated red Batmobile with big wings and a back area that seems fit for a trike rather than a car.
The tail of the vehicle feels like the end of a race boat and this is a sleek sportscar that is supposed to use the HEFEI system. This one is a Harmonious Eco Friendly Efficient Infrastructure, a system that promotes symbiosis of vehicles and infrastructure, with idle cars powering moving ones and automated traffic. Too sci fi or simply the future?
Mazda has great plans for the year 2050, or so we think, after having a look at the Mazda Motonari RX concept supercar. Say goodbye to metal vehicles and hello to artificial intelligence, lightweight cars and driver-car symbiosis. Mazda Motonari RX borrows its name from a legendary Japanese warrior, Mori Motonari.
The car interfaces with the driver and can be considered an extension of his body, some sort of futuristic luge, handled via armrest controls. These will input the acceleration and direction of the vehicle, that uses an exoskeletal shape-shifting frame, adapting to the driver’s preferences. This supercar is made out of carbon nanotube/shape memory alloy, with a photovoltaic coating on top.
Mazda Motonari RX’s 4 wheels are omnidirectional, so they’re given total freedom (360 degrees of movement), plus there’s also a “haptic skin”, a suit for the driver to get dressed in. Using this suit, he’ll receive electrical muscle stimulation thanks to the car’s AI, that’ll make the rider “feel” the road.
Seems that we’ll be seeing a brand new compact crossover SUV at the Moscow Motor Show that starts late next month. The concept car you can check out in the sketches below uses the Nagare design language, but the vehicle doesn’t bare a name yet.
Since studies show that the SUVs are a hit in Russia (20% of the market), the new Mazda CUV will be designed for that Eastern market. This car can be considered a conceptual follow-up to the Ryuga, Hakaze, Taiki and Furai, all of them based on the Nagare design.
There are concept supercars inspired by animals, others by human emotions and some by … other supercars. Score one for Mother Nature, as Mazda have just “gone with the wind” and inspired their Taiki design from the flow of wind. “Taiki” is the visual expression of the atmosphere, as seen through its beautiful lines.
Is it just me, or does this car resemble the Batmobile a bit? Back to the serious bit of this concept, Mazda stated that the car’s design is inspired by the wind flowing through a Hagoromo (“flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly”). Now that’s open thinking!
[via Yanko Design]