Mazda Kaan Concept
From Mazda press: Developed for the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show's "Design Challenge", the Mazda KAAN is an electric race car from the fertile minds of the company's North American design team.
The Mazda KAAN is designed to compete in the 2025 season of E1 races, the pinnacle of international motorsports in terms of technology and popularity. In 2025, California freeways have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world. Mazda's patented electronic tire system uses this technology to power the KAAN to reach 250 mph with no harmful emissions. The vehicles are piloted by individual drivers but teams are made up of thirty cars, all on the track together.
Using strategies similar to those in cycling peletons, the tighter the group sticks together, the more aerodynamic and powerful it becomes.
Inspiration for the KAAN comes from electric fields and textures seen in nature, particularly those in a lightning bolt. The car is uniquely designed around its powerful electric wheels while the cockpit acts as a capsule to safely house the driver, allowing for tighter peloton formations and a team victory.