The Mazda Kaan was created for the 2008 LA Auto Show Design
Challenge. The 2008 design brief called for a racing car
for the year 2025.
The Mazda Kaan is an electric race car designed to compete
in E1 racing, a conceptual race series Mazda has dreamed
The Mazda Kaan story says that in 2025, California freeways
have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive
polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world.
Mazda's electronic tire system uses this technology to
power the Kaan concept to reach 250 mph with no harmful
The vehicles are piloted by individual drivers but teams
are made up of thirty cars, all on the track together.
Using strategies similar to those in cycling peletons,
the tighter the group sticks together, the more aerodynamic
and powerful it becomes.
Inspiration for the Mazda Kaan comes from electric fields
and textures seen in nature, particularly those in a lightning
bolt. The car is uniquely designed around its powerful
electric wheels while the cockpit acts as a capsule to
safely house the driver, allowing for tighter peloton
formations and a team victory.
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