Mazda’s Research and Development department has unveiled its entry in the LA Auto Show Design Challenge, presenting a car that competes in the fictional ‘E1’ race series.
E1 is the pinnacle of motor sport in 2025, involving roads resurfaced with a ‘sub-level electro-conductive polymer’ that charges competing vehicles with electric power via the tyres. The Mazda Kaan can reach 250mph in silent, emissions free splendour.
MAZDA KAAN – MAZDA CONCEPT RACE CAR – WINNER FOR LA AUTOSHOW DESIGN CHALLENGE
Unlike some of the other entrants in this year’s LA competition, Mazda hasn’t forgotten to pen its concept with childlike awe; the Kaan features a sweeping, aerodynamic shape constructed with plenty of carbon. The centre-less wheels look strangely like beer bottle openers from the side – though not many bottle openers have light beams running across their centres.
Also unique among all the entrants is the idea that Kaans don’t compete alone, but rather in a peloton – a close knit pack of cars in formation like cyclists in a race. According to Mazda, the closer the pack sticks together, the more aerodynamic and thus faster it becomes. A lightning bolt inspired all that, allegedly.
Early Retirement or Podium Finish: Finishes just outside the top three when one of the peloton gets too close and clips another during the final lap, causing a multiple comedy tankslapper among the entire pack.
The MAZDA KAAN is an electric race car designed to compete in the 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.