The chaps over at Top Gear really know how to make an entertaining and mesmerizing TV series, showcasing multi-million Ringgit worth of supercars from all over. But the grass is not always greener on their side as once in a while, they do have to face the grim reality of how risky it is taking these uber-exotic cars for a spin.
While shooting for their upcoming 20th anniversary issue of the Top Gear magazine, they brought along the impressive Mazda Furai Concept car to be included in the issue. And if you have caught the car in flesh when it was unveiled in 2008, then you are very lucky as the car has now turned into a crisp.
Exactly what went wrong during the shoot, nobody knows for sure for the time being. But one thing that is for sure, the one-off prototype was caught in a fiery blaze and Top Gear admits that it is their fault the Furai no longer exists.
“Forgive us, for we have sinned. Top Gear is responsible for the untimely demise of the quite remarkable Mazda Furai Concept, and we’re very, very sorry”.
The Furai, which translates as the ‘sound of the wind’ was unveiled to the public at the 2008 New York International Auto Show in Detroit. It featured a 20B three-rotor wankel rotary engine with an output of 456-horsepower, mated to a six-speed X-Trac semi-automatic transmission. The car also adorned with the competition number ‘55’, as a tribute to Mazda’s 1991 Le Mans winning 787B.