The Mazda Furai (Japanese: マツダ風籟, Mazda Furai) was a concept track day car, and is the last of the Nagare concept car lineup.
- Text originally from the Mazda Furai's Wikipedia page.
The Furai, whose name literally means "sound of the wind", was the fifth and last of the Mazda Nagare concept car line Mazda introduced in 2006. The Furai's chassis was based on the Courage C65 LMP2 sports prototype that Mazda last used to compete in the American Le Mans Series.
The Furai was designed to use E100 ethanol fuel and was powered by a heavily modified R20B RENESIS 3-rotor wankel engine producing 444 hp (331 kW) and 278 ft·lb (377 N·m). The engine was developed and built by renowned rotary tuner, Racing Beat, who also built the car's rotary-shaped muffler canister.
The Furai was adorned with the number 55, the same number as that of its 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning ancestor Mazda 787B. Unlike many concept cars, the Furai was fully functional and was tested at various tracks, including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Buttonwillow Raceway Park.
Top Gear revealed in late 2013 that the Furai had met its demise by fire during road tests in 2008.
The Mazda Furai was added in the Godly Beasts Update as a high-end Class D car with the following rank statistics:
The Furai excels in acceleration and top speed but has a rather wide drifting radius and below average nitro efficiency. When compared to TVR Griffith, it has a lower top speed but has better nitro efficiency, drifting radius, and acceleration. The Furai is considered to be one of the kings of Class D, along with the Griffith and also the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
The Mazda Furai was added in the San Diego Harbor Update as a low Class B car with the following rank statistics:
- Starting rank: 1150
- This was changed to 1213 in the Fast Lane Update.
- MAX rank: 1400 (+250)
- This was changed to 1388 (+175) in the Fast Lane Update.
- MAX+PRO rank: 1547 (+147)
- This was changed to 1507 (+107) in the Fast Lane Update.
- Tuning Kit bonus: +50
- This was changed to +53 in the Fast Lane Update.
- Stock to MAX+PRO rank difference: 265
- This was changed to 294 in the Fast Lane Update.
- Nitro Efficiency: 9/15/18
In the Fifteenth Anniversary Update, the Mazda Furai was moved to Class C as a mid-ranked car in its class, retaining its rank of 1507.
As of the 2020 Christmas Update, the Furai is now a low Class D car with the following rank statistics:
- Ultimate Rank: 1230 (note: lowest quartile, i.e. bottom 25% of Class D)
- Tuning Kit bonus: +37
- Nitro Efficiency: 7/11.5/16
Peformance as of December 2020
The Mazda Furai features a moderately low maximum total top speed for Class D of 208.1 mph (334.9 km/h), extremely fast acceleration, extremely good handling, a sharp drifting radius and decent nitro efficiency. Overall, the Furai is one of the best cars at its rank in low Class D.
The Furai's raw top speed is somewhat low for its rank, whereas its nitro speed is somewhat high, though both only by small margins. The Furai doesn't gain any speed from the Tuning Kit for its nitro statistic. The Furai's acceleration is one of the best among vehicles of the same rank, comparable to the various motorcycles found nearby and could be considered its biggest advantage against its competition. The Furai's handling is extremely smooth, potentially one of the best in the entire game, and it is comparable to the handling of the Mazda RX-8 Special Edition (B1671). The Furai's drifting radius is not extremely sharp, unlike the Donkervoort D8 GTO, though this can be considered a good thing, since "oversteering" the Furai and wrecking whilst turning around corners is not really an issue and the Furai's drifting radius is still sharp enough for most purposes. The Furai's nitro efficiency is nothing special though it also isn't terrible. Overall, average/decent nitro efficiency is the Furai's only weakness.
The Mazda Furai's main strengths in Multiplayer are its extremely good acceleration and handling, as well as its sharp drifting radius. The Furai's main downside in Multiplayer is its average/decent nitro efficiency, which is significantly worse than the nitro efficiencies of much of its competition.
The Furai is generally a very competitive car in Multiplayer at rank D1230. The main caveat is that given that the Furai is an ULTIMATE vehicle, its rank cannot be changed depending on upgrades, so it cannot be used at lower ranks. However, fortunately, rank D1230 is low enough that the Furai is not extremely susceptible to bad matchmaking against down-tuned overpowered cars from higher ranks, such as the Donkervoort D8 GTO, Porsche 959, Peugeot RCZ R, Renault DeZir, Ariel Atom V8 and Audi R8 e-tron Special Edition. However, these cars can still serve as tough competition. The Furai also faces competition from the Ford F-150, Kawasaki Z800, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive, Mini Cooper S Roadster, Renault CLIO R.S. 200 EDC and Volkswagen Beetle Turbo, which are all part of roughly the same rank bracket as the Furai at MAX+PRO.
December 2020 Rank Reshuffle
The Mazda Furai's rank was lowered from C1507 to D1230 in the Christmas Update of December 2020 (note: at the same time, the Furai's nitro efficiency was buffed and it was promoted to ULTIMATE status, so that it doesn't need upgrades anymore). This is the second largest margin that a car has ever had its rank lowered in the history of Asphalt 8: Airborne (only smaller than the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition's reshuffle in the 2021 Summer Update), and aside from the 1967 Chevrolet Impala, which was originally supposed to be in high-end Class A but was subsequently placed in mid-Class D. However, in the case of the Impala, this rank reshuffle occurred before it was released for public usage, whereas the Furai had been at C/B1507 for a very long period of time after having been made available for purchase. The Furai, having been added to the game in September 2014, spent over six years as a low-end Class B car or as a mid-ranked Class C car. This drastic rank reshuffle in December 2020 has fundamentally changed the gameplay mechanics of this car, such that it is generally unrecognisable in terms of speed, rank and nitro efficiency, though its acceleration, handling and drifting are all pretty much still the same and very good.
At the Furai's old rank of C/B1507, it was always a collector's item due to being both extremely expensive to upgrade and due to its very poor nitro efficiency. However, the Furai always had very good acceleration, handling and drifting, so there was always potential for it to be a useful car, and it was mildly useful in Multiplayer, especially when Multiplayer tuning (down-tuning) was generally phased out in 2018 in favour of a preference for MAX+PRO vehicles being used in Multiplayer instead.
As such, the Furai's new rank of D1230 is not really a nerf but is more like a buff, since the Furai is now very unique, interesting and useful. It can definitely be described as a king within its rather niche rank bracket due to its superior acceleration, handling and drifting in comparison to most of its competition. The Furai should be useful in Multiplayer from now on, and it should be capable of helping a player to reach Champion League. The Furai's nitro efficiency was also buffed at the same time that its rank was reshuffled, so this should also make it significantly more useful than it was before at its old rank.The Furai's new ULTIMATE status is both a blessing and a curse. The Furai no longer requires upgrades, which is very advantageous for players who couldn't previously afford to upgrade it. However, it also can no longer be Multiplayer tuned (down-tuned). Fortunately, the Furai's rank of D1230 is relatively niche and doesn't really bleed into higher rank brackets very much. However, this could very well change in the future, if, for example, a new car is added to the game with slightly better performance at a slightly higher rank, such as D1240.
Original Performance before December 2020
The Mazda Furai boasts good acceleration and excellent handling capabilities but has an inefficient nitro.
Overall, the Furai is largely a collector's item, as there are very rarely Events that involve the Furai as a top-ranked car, and even then, the Ferrari 458 Italia is a much cheaper but better choice. The Furai's poor nitro efficiency limits its ability to compete in Multiplayer, especially due to the emergence of faster, better cars like the TVR Sagaris and BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. Coupled with the fact that the Furai uses 28 Rotary Engine cards for its Pro Kits, the Furai isn't the best car to buy.
December 2020 Rank Reshuffle CommentsThe Furai eventually ceased to require rotary engines for its upgrades in the Fifteenth Anniversary Update in May 2020. The Furai also moved from Class B to Class C in the same update, retaining the same rank after the update as what it had previously. Long before this update, the Furai's old rank was slightly higher, although the change in rank could not really be said to be a nerf, but was rather supposed to place the Furai in the same rank bracket as cars with the same total top speed, since it was previously slightly slow for its rank. Generally speaking, the Furai's performance model did not change very much throughout the period from its inception in September 2014 up until its rank reshuffle in December 2020. The ratio between its raw top speed and nitro never really changed, even though its raw top speed and nitro statistics were tweaked slightly. Overall, the above description of the Mazda Furai's performance applies roughly throughout this entire period.
As of the 2020 Christmas Update, the Furai no longer has any upgrades and has been replaced with the status. Previously as of the 2019 Spring Update, upgrades costed 720,000 while Pro Kits required 240,000, 8 of each Class B Part, 6 Initial & Early Techs each, 8 Mid-Techs and 12 Rotary Engines.
The Furai was made available to all players for free (in the Bundles section) on December 25. It could be claimed as a free gift in the left-most segment of the Bundles screen.
The Furai counts towards the New Wave collection.
The Mazda Furai is a Tier 4 car, added in update 1.1.0, and is only unlockable through its own Special Event.
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