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by Matt Brogan

Mazda has staked its claim for top billing at the Australian International Motor Show by displaying its amazing Taiki concept car.

 

Taiki is one of an acclaimed series of design studies unveiled by Mazda in recent years. It is an exercise in advanced aerodynamics that hints at a future generation of more sustainable sports cars.

It is designed, according to Mazda, to “visually express the flow of air” and takes inspiration from the shape of the traditional flowing robes that enable a celestial maiden to fly in Japanese legend.

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The dramatic taper of the rear bodywork and outrigger-style rear wheels combine to reduce the car’s aerodynamic drag co-efficient to just 0.25, thereby improving fuel economy.

In addition, a kick-up of the car’s underside at the rear results in zero aerodynamic lift, improving high-speed stability.

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Taiki is powered by Mazda’s next-generation Renisis rotary engine which features a longer stroke and larger displacement of 1600cc (800cc x 2) to raise thermal efficiency and boost torque at all engine speeds.

A new direct injection system and aluminium side housing enhance the rotary engine’s traditional merits of light weight and compact size.

Mazda’s designers say the Taiki’s interior is inspired by traditional Japanese carp-shaped streamers and, like the exterior, is designed to convey the sense of air flow.

Among its innovative features are streams of red light, which flow past either side of the driver to visually depict leaps in engine revs.

The Mazda Taiki joins a solid line-up of cutting edge concepts on display at the motor show, including Toyota’s Hybrid X concept – a vision for future hybrid-powered cars, Nissan’s all-electric powered Mixim concept, and Suzuki’s latest iteration in the Kizashi series.




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