This is the halo hypercar Mazda needs to build.
The stunning Mazda RX-Vision was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, giving us hope that the Japanese automaker will build a new rotary sports car one day as a successor to the RX-8. Sadly, that day still hasn't come, which has prompted render artists to imagine what a new rotary-powered Mazda performance car could look like.
This latest design is the work of Maximilian Schneider, an exterior designer at Mitsubishi Motors Japan, who has designed a dramatic-looking Mazda hypercar concept. It's called the Mazda RX-10 Vision Longtail, which is envisioned as a hydrogen-powered halo hypercar that could be used on the road or homologated for the race track to compete in the new Le Mans Hypercar class.
At the front, the RX-10 Vision Longtail retains Mazda's distinctive grille flanked by LED headlights, but other than that the design looks unlike any other car in the Japanese automaker's current lineup. The low-slung design, massive wheel arches, and wraparound windshield gives the RX-10 Vision Longtail a very dramatic appearance, while the elongated rear end is reminiscent of the McLaren F1 GTR Longtail that raced in the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans and inspired the McLaren 675LT and 765LT road cars. Round taillights connected with a full-width light bar adorn the rear.
Schneider imagines the hypothetical Mazda RX-10 Vision would be powered by a mid-mounted 2.3-liter turbocharged rotary engine producing 780 hp. Two electric motors would also be mounted to the front axle generating 125 hp each, for a total of 1,030 horsepower.
This setup would enable the RX-10 Vision Longtail to rocket from 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 265 mph. Extensive use of lightweight materials would also bring the weight down to just 3,196 pounds. While we're not expecting Mazda to build a halo hypercar any time soon, recent patent filings give us hope that the long-awaited Mazda RX-9 will enter production in the future.