Rikki-Taiki-Mazda

Fourth concept car in Mazda's Nagare "flow" theme design series released at the 2007 Tokyo auto show.

This agile mongoose of a car has finally made its debut at the 2007 Tokyo auto show.

As you can see, the Mazda Taiki's aerodynamic design gives the illusion that the back wheels are tucked under wings. This is the fourth car Mazda has released in its Nagare (which means "flow") design series, a vehicle that "visually expresses the flow of air," according to Mazda.

The two-seater sports car concept has a front engine rear-wheel drive layout and Mazda's Renesis rotary engine.

Think you can do better with the next concept design? Mazda welcomes you to try. The company has launched a contest to design the 2018 model Mazda 3 via Facebook (log-in required). The winner, who will get to work with a Mazda design team to bring the car to fruition, will be announced at the 2007 LA auto show this November.

Check back Thursday for live pictures of the Taiki from the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda's Taiki concept car. Mazda
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