Goodwood Festival of Speed to Celebrate Mazda’s Le Mans Victory

Did you know that Mazda is the only Japanese manufacturer what won the Le Mans 24 Hours race? Well, for those who skipped this detail, here’s some news: the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed will pay tribute to Mazda’s motorsport legacy.
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This year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed will celebrate Mazda’s 95-year history in its own traditional way by dedicating the Central Feature to the Japanese manufacturer and its motorsport achievements.

The Central Feature was created by Mazda and artist Gerry Judah and is going to tell the world the story of Mazda’s successful attempt of securing a place in motor racing history, helped by pilots like Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot.

If you’re too young to remember, Mazda made a name for itself in the racing world thanks to the signature Wankel-engine cars in two-rotor, three-rotor and four-rotor forms, like the famous 787B race car that helped the Japanese brand secure the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours victory.

In order to keep watchers entertained, every era of Mazda’s motor sport achievement is going to be marked by Mazda competition cars both on the Hillclimb and the Forest Rally Stage, as part of the “Flat-out and fearless: Racing on the edge” theme. So, if you’re keen on seeing Mad Mike Whiddet drifting his way up the Goodwood Hillclimb in a Mazda RX-7, make sure you’ll be there.

It is also worth adding that during its motorsport spell, Mazda became famous for perfecting the rotary engine, as well as for using the Miller Cycle engine and for developing the world’s smallest V6 engine. Present day progress also includes building the LMP2 SKYACTIV diesel prototype which is currently racing in the United States.
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