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The Taiki is probably the most imaginative of Mazda’s four recent concepts, and comes in the same format as the RX-7.

Inspiration for the two-seater Taiki concept was drawn from the earth’s atmosphere (it’s what the name means in Japanese), and the way that a pair of Hagoromo robes flow in the wind, which allowed a celestial maiden to fly, according to Japanese legend.

The Taiki’s designers even took to soaking cloth in plaster and hanging it to dry in the wind, to capture the shape of flowing air. That might sound contrived, but van Den Acker claims that the ‘flow’ theme, and Mazda’s observations of motion in nature, has genuinely provided his team with a ‘thoroughly exciting and logical creative approach,’ allowing them ‘to create one dramatic and unique design after another.