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Mazda Hangs Two Cars 131 Feet Above Ground at Goodwood

Once again present at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mazda has created a 131 feet (40-meter) tall structure that celebrates the company’s motorsport heritage. Second in height only to the Chichester Cathedral spire, the centerpiece features two racing cars bursting out of the ground trailing spectacular, twisted steel shapes.
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The structure apparently is inspired by Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy of strength, beauty and tension. Stacked like matchsticks, 418 steel beams, each of different length and angle, turn the sculpture from right to left. At the top of it all, there are two Mazda cars hanging over the spectators below.

It may not seem like a big deal, but we are looking at a huge construction made of 120 tonnes of steel that, put end to end, would stretch 1,235 meters (4,051 lbs). According to Mazda, that is the length of the Goodwood Hill Climb track.

Usually the one thing you never do with steel is to twist it. So this year we had an impossible challenge to find a way of corkscrewing the entire structure, and we succeeded with an elegant and graceful system that shows off the elegance and grace of the cars themselves,” said the creator of the sculpture, Gerry Judah. Mazda a veteran at Le Mans
Since, as we mentioned, the structure celebrates Mazda’s racing heritage, you should know the company’s history in motorsport started in Europe in the late 1960s. They did it to prove and promote their rotary engine, a technology that brought the automaker loads of prizes. In fact, Mazda remains the only Japanese manufacturer to have won Le Mans 24 Hours and the only rotary engine to have won the famous French endurance race.

These considered the carmaker has used two iconic cars for the sculpture. They used the Le Mans winning Mazda 787B, which took overall victory in 1991. The second car used is the Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo car, a particular breed created for Okaystation’s Gran Turismo 6 racing simulation game. The vehicle makes the leaf from virtual concept car to a physical concept with its towering position on the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed Mazda Central Feature.



 
 
 
 
 

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