Mazda Taiki Concept preview

Concept Cars 3 Oct 2007
Mazda Taiki Concept preview

The Taiki Concept is a two seater sporty vehicle that evolves Madza’s Nagare design theme and proposes a vision of a front-engine rear-drive sports car of the future. Among the features are the rotary engine and the aerodynamic body.


Mazda Taiki ConceptDebuting at the upcoming 40th Tokyo Motor Show (October 2007), the Mazda Taiki continues the evolution of the Nagare design theme, following in the footsteps of the Mazda Nagare, Mazda Ryuga, and Mazda Hakaze concept vehicles.

As the fourth in the series, Mazda Taiki further advances and refines the theme through a fusion of the Nagare (flow) design concept and real-world technologies, such as a next-generation rotary engine and enhanced aerodynamic performance.

According to the carmaker, the Taiki reflects one possible direction for a future generation of Mazda sports cars.

Design

Mazda Taiki ConceptThe breathtaking presence visually expresses the atmosphere – called taiki in Japanese – that wraps the Earth in its protective mantle.

The basic proportions begin with the stretched coupe form of a front-engine rear-wheel-drive layout, the short overhangs, and the liberating feel of an all-glass canopy.

The challenge to create "a design that visually expresses the flow of air" was inspired by the image of a pair of Hagoromo – the flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly in Japanese legend – floating down from the sky.

Inspired by Japanese koinobori – the decorative "climbing carp streamers"– the notion of creating an Air-tube became the concept word for the interior design.

Mazda Taiki ConceptIn accordance, from the dashboard and seats down to the door trim, the interior space creates the dynamic sensation that the flow of the wind is being visually depicted.

The features that will be introduced with the Mazda Taiki include the next-generation RENESIS (rotary engine 16X), which sets new standards for environmental and driving performance, a front-engine rear-drive layout, a unique 2-seat configuration, and Mazda’s rotary sports package, which conveys an image of lightness.

(Source: Mazda)

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