Like the Coupe, this was built by Mazda E&T, which was kind of Mazda's specialist coachbuilding arm, churning out truck bodies, hearses etc I think its a bit of a geek's car, bit like the Nissan Be-1, S-Cargo and Figaro series. I don't think Mazda had any intention of putting this into production' besides the substantial sheet changes, there is also the small matter of the Renesis engine. Note, this car is still on regular MX5 brakes and hubs, not onto the 5-stud RX7/RX8 hubs. It probably didn't stop too well. I know at this time, Mazda were tinkering about what powerplant would go into the NC; 4-pot, V6 or Renesis were all considered, so something like this might have been produced to gauge reaction to a Rotary-engined Roadster.