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Road & Track to take Miata on million-mile march

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 11th, 2014

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Road & Track Million-Mile Miata

Road & Track has taken on a Miata project. One hell of a project, if we’re honest. You see, the Miata in question, a 1989 example in Mariner Blue, isn’t a high-mileage Mazda that the publication intends to fix up, or make race-worthy, or try to flip or give away to a reader or something. No, it’s a rather typical well-used NA, with a hefty 325,000 miles on the clock to-date that the staff plans on driving until the six-digit odo reads all zeros again. One million miles or bust (or both, most likely).

Procured for the bargain-basement price of $1,600, complete with seat covers that “really do look like muppet pelts” (according to Zach Bowman) and a bondo-filled love tap on the nose, the NA Miata actually looks like just the sort of fun-machine that a real driving enthusiast would pick up to get some cheap thrills in. The R&T team already has some interesting plans for the Miata, including a potential run up Pikes Peak and loaning it out to readers (or perhaps your author…). Click through to read all about it.

Road & Track to take Miata on million-mile march originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 17th, 2013

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Mazda Furai burned split-screen

Last week, there was mourning at the Autoblog offices as word trickled in that the Mazda Furai concept – one of the coolest, best-looking showcars to grace an auto show stage since the wild and crazy 1960s -had been killed. It was killed on the track with the folks from Top Gear in attendance. We’re sure the gods of driving would have wanted it to die on a circuit, but that doesn’t make its fiery passing any easier to deal with.

The Furai is the rare concept car that had a lasting appeal with enthusiasts, partly because it was a real, functioning racecar, complete with a wacky three-rotor Wankel engine and cutting-edge Nagare design. Now that it’s gone, though, Road & Track’s Mallory McMorrow, who was an intern at Mazda Design when the Furai was being styled in 2007, has published an interview with one of the men who penned the Mazda showcar’s striking exterior, Carlos Salaff. It’s a great piece on the emotional connection between a designer and his creation, and one you should take the time to read. Click on over to R&T for the full story.

Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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