The Mazda Taiki concept sports car was recently introduced to the Japanese and US public. This car represents the possible future of Mazda sports cars and ego trips. No doubt the Taiki was designed to turn heads and raise skirts, both common Japanese pastimes. Mazda also introduced the 450 hp rotary-engine Furai concept sports car that was designed to run on ethanol fuel and send up the price of corn. The Furai has more horses than a small ranch but lack the fur for petting. Mazda said that the Taiki and the Furai were designed to provide the ultimate driving experience and which is even more ultimate than the previous ultimate driving experience provided by Mazda.
The Taiki and the Furai are the latest offerings using Mazda Nagare (pronounced ‘na-ga-reh’) design philosophy. Nagare is Japanese for ‘flow’ and the ‘embodiment of motion.’ Furai (pronounced “foo-rye” is Japanese for “sound of the wind”) and Taiki in Japanese is that which wraps the Earth in its protective mantle. The company’s name, “Mazda,” was previously thought to be derived from the Zoroastrian God called Ahura Mazda but recent archaeological discoveries suggest the company was named after its founder, 松田重次郎.