Mazda Kaan

Concept Cars 21 Oct 2008
Mazda Kaan

Designed by Mazda Research and Development North America, Kaan is a single seater electric race car with an electronic tire system and a design inspired by electric fields and natural textures.


Mazda Kaan Design PanelThe Mazda Kaan is an electric race car designed to compete in the E1 races, the pinnacle of international motorsports in terms of technology and popularity.

"In 2025, California freeways have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world.

"Mazda’s patented electronic tire system uses this technology to power the KAAN to reach 250 mph with no harmful emissions."

The vehicles are piloted by individual drivers but teams are made up of thirty cars, all on the track together.

Using strategies similar to those in cycling peletons, the tighter the group sticks together, the more aerodynamic and powerful it becomes.

Inspiration for the KAAN comes from electric fields and textures seen in nature, particularly those in a lightning bolt.

The car is uniquely designed around its powerful electric wheels while the cockpit acts as a capsule to safely house the driver, allowing for tighter peloton formations and a team victory.

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Mazda Research and Development – Design Team

  • Jacques Flynn
  • Carlos Salaff
  • Minyong Lee
  • Greg Lee
  • Tim Brown
  • Jordan Meadows
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(Source: LA Auto Show)

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