Top gear magazine were driving the Mazda Furai concept for their 20th anniversary magazine when it caught on fire and burnt to ashes. They are so sorry and guess we would have to wait to find out what went wrong when the magazine comes out!
From the three-column article spread out with many tragic pictures, here is some quotes (we highly suggest you buy the Top Gear 20th Anniversary magazine):
As the Mazda straightens, Lee and I spot the same small lick of fire deep within the engine bay at the base of the bulkhead. Priceless concept. Flames. Ah.
"FIRE! OH GOD, IT'S ON FIRE!" I state calmly, resisting the urge to panic. Ticehurst can't hear me, so I bury the throttle to try to catch him and warn of the danger. Unsurprisingly, even a wounded, smoking Furai is faster than a people carrier."
Eventually they get close enough that frantic beeping and headlight flashing grabs Ticehurst's attention. They then shout (calmly) at him that it's on fire and he throws out the anchors, jumping out of the car before it was even stationary.
Where are the fire crew? On the other side of the rise in the runway, completely oblivious...
Mr. Turner promptly thrashes his unnamed MPV up the runway to get them, but they're too late. The car becomes engulfed as the wind blows the flames forwards towards the nose. They eventually get to the car, their hoses blasting shards of charred bodywork off with their force.
"One of the fire crew rips at a door to get better access to the bulkhead.
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Still burning, it comes off in his hand. At first, I'm annoyed at the disrespect he's showing this priceless, irreplaceable concept car.
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Then I realise that's like worrying the Titanic's deck chairs are getting damp."
"From spotting the first flame to staring at the soggy, scorched carcass of one of history's most beautiful concept cars has taken less than eight minutes. The Furai is dead. Dead with shocking speed, savagery and finality."
Oh, and to clear something up, I've seen a few comments that they put the wrong fuel in it. It seems this is false:
"As the ethanol burns, it's clear the game is up."
I suppose it's just the result of a racecar with a body designed more for beauty than engine-cooling getting too hot.