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.
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.
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.
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.