Mazda Furai’s Designer Reacts to Loss of His Beloved Supercar

Jeff Perez

It’s really unfortunate to know that such a great piece of engineering is gone forever. The Mazda Furai met its fiery demise in 2008, but only recently was it made public that Top Gear was partially responsible for the car’s departure.

But what did Mazda engineers think of the whole incident? More importantly, what did senior designer Carlos Salaff think of the whole thing? Well, he was pretty sad, to say the least.

Salaff sat down for a recent interview with Road and Track, in which they compared news of the charred Furai to relaying “a terrible death in the family.”

Mazda Furai 2
Mazda Furai 2

“It was sad for me,” said Salaff, “I poured my heart and soul into that car. When you pour your heart and soul into something, it becomes your baby. And then I saw it destroyed like that and it really hurt. It hurt.”

Of course, Mazda and Salaff were well aware of the incident when it took place back in 2008. But even after the Furai’s exit, he admits, “It was a very important car to me. Despite what happened, it pushed me to do what I’m doing now.”

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