Mazda RX-500

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Mazda RX500 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon.jpg
Presentation year: 1970
Vehicle fair: Tokyo Motor Show
Class : Sports car
Body shape : Coupe
Engine: Otto-Wankel :
0.98 liters (182 kW)
Empty weight: 600 kg
Production model: RX series

The Mazda RX-500 was a test vehicle of the Japanese Mazda Motor Corporation , which was presented at the 17th Tokyo Motor Show in October 1970 and never went into production.

Rear view
Mazda RX-500 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

These were a mid-engine - sports car with 2x491-cm³- Wankel engine , the 182 kW (247 hp) and accelerated the car to a top speed of 233 km / h. The vehicle was developed by the research and design staff at Toyo Kogyo , now Mazda, and represented a mobile test environment for high-speed safety. The body of the vehicle was made of plastic and the curb weight was less than 600 kg. It also had butterfly doors, a full-length windshield without A-pillars and multi-colored lights at the rear of the car that indicated whether the car was accelerating (green), braking (red) or traveling at a constant speed (yellow ).

The vehicle owes its above-average popularity to Lesney Products & Co. Ltd. , which led the RX-500 in several toy car collections for over a decade under the Matchbox brand . Mazda exhibited a restored model of the RX-500 at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, which was also on display at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed .

Individual evidence

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