1970 Mazda RX-500 Concept

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The Mazda RX-500 is a Japanese mid-engined concept car first shown to the public at the 1970 Tokyo Motor Show. It is a two-door sports car, accessed by forward-swinging butterfly-wing doors.

The RX-500 was promoted as a mobile test bed for road safety, including multi-coloured lights at the rear which indicated whether the car was speeding up, braking or cruising.

The car weighed 1,873 lb (850 kg), and was powered by a 491cc Wankel engine that was mounted forward of the rear axles, producing 247 hp (184 kW).The engine was accessed via gulling doors.

The car was restored for the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and is now on display at Hiroshima City Transportation Museum, and was shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK in 2014.

Source: Wikipedia (original)

Car Specs

  • Engine: 0.5L Rotary
  • Weight: 850 kg / 1,873 lbs
  • Power: 184 kW / 247 hp / 250 PS
  • 0-100 kph:
  • Torque:
  • Top Speed: 190 kph / 118 mph