MAZDA’S RX Vision award-winning rotary-engined concept sports-car was on the shore of Italy’s Lake Como for the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Cernobbio.
The event is described as “an exclusive classic and vintage car event which also showcases prototypes”.
With the car were Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s global head of design, and Kevin Rice, its European design director. It was on show alongside other concepts such as Aston Martin, Bugatti and Pininfarina, joining about 60 vintage cars in a festive atmosphere at the Villa Erba, a 19th century architectural jewel.
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Designer Rice told The Corner through media release: “This is one of the world’s most prestigious automobile events. To have your work judged by a group of some of the keenest and wealthiest automobile enthusiasts on the planet is a rare opportunity.”
He believed they were “enamoured” with it.
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The RX Vision was named ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the 31st International Automobile Festival in Paris in January 2016 after being unveiled in November 2015 at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Mazda describes the car as the latest interpretation of Mazda’s ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design philosophy which, it is said, has earned the automaker numerous accolades over the past five years for various concept and production models.
ENGINE ENABLES GROUND-HUGGING SHAPE
“The RX Vision,” Mazda says, “pays tribute to the unique tradition of Mazda rotary-engined sports cars, from the Cosmo 110S to the popular RX production models, and hints at how the future could look with the sleekest and most supercar-like rendition yet of KODO.”
The ground-hugging shape, with an eye to a next-generation SkyActiv-R rotary engine, was possible thanks to the engine’s compact dimensions.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, which also features historic motorcycles, was first held in 1929.