The Mazda RX-9 concept – created by Jesse Owen Designs — puts a new twist on the original rotary-powered sports car. This time around, you’ll find a 2.5L V6 engine — mated to a six-speed manual transmission — along with a wafer-thin electric motor/generator that can “achieve low six second 0-60mph times”. It has a top speed of 150mph and gets an impressive 30-40 mpg. More pics after the jump.

The doors and inner doorframe are part of a larger internal structure that combines an aluminum space frame with composite exterior surfaces and electrostatic collection nodes. These nodes transfer electrical energy to an on-board capacitor. This energy is gathered as the vehicle travels through the dry California atmosphere and is utilized to power the Michelin E.A.P. tire system.

[via AutoBlog]