Rotary fans are in for a treat at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with Mazda announced as the Central Feature Marque at the event.
The Japanese carmaker will arrive at Goodwood with a collection of its favourite racing cars, developed over the years under Mazda’s mantra of “never stop challenging”.
Heading the list is the 787B, which won the Le Mans 24-Hour in 1991, along with the RX-7 that won the Spa 24-Hour ten years earlier.
‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett and his RX-7 will star in Goodwood’s new ‘Catch My Drift’ category, while other racing Mazdas from decades past – including two 767Bs and a 757 – will attack Goodwood’s famous Hill Climb.
Mazda promises an “ear-splitting” performance from its rotary-powered racers, and a “flame-spitting” performance from its 1991 RX-792P, developed for the American IMSA series and the last Mazda-backed racer to use the R26B four-rotor engine.
“The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed is ‘Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’, and Mazda’s continual push to reject engineering conventions and strive for something unique perfectly aligns with this philosophy,” Goodwood founder Lord March said. “We are delighted to be celebrating Mazda’s motorsport achievements and pioneering road car technologies with the Central Feature, and to help it showcase its brand new cars to an international community of car enthusiasts and the world’s automotive media.”
The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from June 26-28.