Mazda has been known to unveil some pretty wild concepts over the years, and the Shinshi is right up there with them. The basic idea was to immerse the driver and create the sense that the vehicle is an extension of their body. Both driver and passenger are located in the center of the vehicle to optimize weight distribution, panoramic vision, as well as for enhanced feedback. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“The flared front half has all the trimmings of a modern supercar but the open rear wheels and jutting tail are reminiscent of Formula One. Inside, the F1 attitude continues with a tightly enclosed yet highly visible cockpit and wide-handled, dashboard-integrated steering wheel. The powertrain consists of 4 in-wheel electric motors fed by a high charge/discharge rating supercapacitor, accompanied by a rotary bio-fueled engine that serves only as a range extender for the main battery,” reports Yanko Design.