( dpa )- Mazda is to present two new sports cars including the 450 hp rotary- engined Furai concept that is designed to run on ethanol fuel at the Detroit Motor Show from January 13 to 27.
The Furai , which translates to "sound of the wind", continues the "flow" design concept that was featured in the Mazda Taiki Concept premiered at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.
Few details of the Furai have been released, but it has been equipped with a three-rotor rotary engine that is also designed to run on ethanol (E100) fuel.
The Taiki concept is also expected to make an appearance at the North American Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit along with the Mazda5 Hydrodgen RE Hybrid and the refurbished RX-8.
The Mazda5, also know as the Premacy in other markets, is a crossover 5-seater minivan. The car can be switched at the press of a button from hydrogen to petrol power. The RE hydrogen rotary engine uses battery power from the stop position. The hydrogen rotary engine then takes over, generating electricity during normal cruising. The battery is charged during braking.
The RX-8 is currently the world's only sports car driven by a rotary engine. Although Mazda also revealed no details of the new RX- 8 it is expected to be showcased with a freshed -up design, improved handling and more extras.