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COOL CARS REVIEWED:

Concept Cars
- Audi R25
- Audi RSQ
- Camaro Convertible Concept
- Chevy Z06 X Corvette
- DeltaWing IndyCar Concept
- Ford Shelby Cobra
- Lamborghini Concept S
- Lamborghini Minotauro
- Mercedes Biome
- Peugeot Leonin
- Porsche 918 RSR
- Saab Aero-X
- Scion Fuse
- Volkswagen XL1
Diesel Cars
- Volvo V60 Diesel PHEV
Electric Cars
- Commuter Car Tango
- General Motors EV1
- Kaz Limousine
- Peugeot EX1
- Peugeot Moovie
- Tesla Motors Roadster
- Venturi Fetish
Exotic Cars
- Bugatti Veyron
- Camaro ZL1
- Ferrari Enzo
- Hennessey Venom GT
- Lamborghini Diablo
- Mastretta MXT
- McLaren F1
- Maserati MC12
- Rolls Royce Phantom Black
- Saleen S7
Hybrid Cars
- Ford Reflex
- Honda Insight
- Mazda Ibuki
- Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
- Toyota Hybrid X
Hydrogen Cars
- BMW H2R Racecar
- Chevy Volt Hydrogen
- Ford Super Chief
- Giugiaro Vadho
- GM H2H Hummer
Unique Cars
- MDI Air Car
- Moller Skycar
- Rinspeed Senso
- Smart Car
- Terrafugia Transition

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Mazda Ibuki

The Mazda Ibuki Hybrid Concept vehicle made its world debut at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show and its North American debut at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show. The Mazda Ibuki is what the future of the Miata MX-5 Roadster may just look like. Since the Miata is the best-selling 2-seater sports car of all time, the Ibuki is trying to play a little oneupsmanship on this concept.

 
 

The name Ibuki means to "invigorate" or "breathe new life into". And, one can see why when checking out this sleek convertible's design. The Mazda engineers designed the Ibuki body with a twin backbone body structure and high rigidity to give the vehicle added safety.

A four-point rollover bar is activated by a sensor when an impending accident is detected. The Ibuki's body, including fenders, hood, floor and door panels are made out of lightweight reinforced plastic, which reduces the weight of the vehicle. The car also uses powerful LED headlamps to enhance visibility.

The Mazda Ibuki is powered by a mid-engine 1.6-liter DOHC four-cylinder (177 hp) coupled with an electric motor that gives this gasoline-electric hybrid car its zoom-zoom oomph. The Ibuki also has a six-speed manual transmission and when accelerating the electric motor provides added torque when passing another vehicle.

As an environmental vehicle, the Mazda Ibuki has engine idle shutoff, which conserves fuel when the vehicle is stopped in traffic or at a stoplight. The Ibuki also uses regenerative braking to recharge the battery pack.

This fun-to-drive convertible sports car may never hit the open road as a production vehicle. But, it may influence the future design and technology of the Miata as a car that both environmentalists and sports car enthusiasts can love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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