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The Mazda Furai concept burned to the ground in the hands of Top Gear UK.
Mazda unveiled the Furai concept at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2008. It wowed crowds, showing the Nagare design language that informed Mazda design in the following years.
But the Furai wasn’t just a pretty concept, as it boasted at 335kW three-rotor setup and helped back up the claim that Mazda had produced an actual supercar. Now that car is a toasted shell, which has been burnt to the ground — while in the hands of Top Gear UK.
We’re not sure how this story managed to avoid leaking out for so long, but back in 2008 the car was with the popular television show’s crew and it wound up on fire. There’s been no official commentary on how this happened, as this story is making its way into 20th anniversary special for the show’s magazine.
Still, in a world where bits of news can travel the globe in seconds, we’re amazed that no one knew about this incident for so long. Mazda and Top Gear did a pretty good job about keeping the story quiet. If it happened today, it would’ve wound up on Twitter, Instragram, and Facebook in a matter of minutes. Seconds, possibly.
Our guess as to how this happened? Jeremy Clarkson demanding more power out on the Top Gear runway, while getting the Furai sideways. From there, it was just a matter of a hot three-rotor being pushed hard, probably a bit of an oil leak, and then … combustion.