Two Seat Sports Car Concept Unveiled At 2003 Tokyo Motor ShowMazda unveils a radical two-seat sports car concept - the Mazda Ibuki - at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show next week. The world premiere of the Mazda Ibuki concept will reveal an open-top, lightweight sports car that hints at a possible design and technology direction of a future Mazda roadster.
The name Ibuki comes from a Japanese word meaning "breathing new energy into" and "adding vigour" reflecting Mazda’s 1989 sports car origins in a simple and clean design.
Powered by a MZR 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine, the Mazda Ibuki concept has a front-midship layout, as found in the Mazda RX-8, that places all major components within the wheelbase. Thanks to this layout yaw inertia moment has been greatly reduced and straight-line handling has been greatly improved, enhancing the pure fun and driveability and emphasising the connection between car and driver that has been central to Mazda’s ongoing success.Published 21 October 2003