The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed sees Mazda celebrating its Challenger Spirit with both the racing legends of its illustrious sporting past and the stylish cars of its current range. With the launch of three all-new models, 2015 is one of the busiest and most important years in Mazda’s history.
Throughout its history Mazda has defied convention with its innovative approach to car making. From being the only Japanese manufacturer to win the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, to its development of the rotary engine and its reinvention of the affordable sports car with the MX-5 – Mazda has never stopped challenging in its quest to produce great cars, something that’s highlighted today by Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV technology.
All-new Mazda models
With the launch of the all-new Mazda2, the introduction of the all-new Mazda CX-3 small SUV and the debut of the all-new MkIV MX-5, Mazda’s stylish, spirited and innovative range will take a starring role at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Moving Motor Show.
In line with the ‘Flat-out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’ theme of this year’s Festival of Speed, enthusiasts will be treated to the unique sound of Mazda’s 1991 Le Mans winning 787B Group C car and many other classics from Mazda’s competition past.
With a proud and long heritage in racing, Mazda has since its first foray into international competition in 1968 demonstrated its engineering challenger spirit through the development of the rotary engine. Outright victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours, plus numerous class wins in touring car and sports car racing have been taken by rotary powered Mazdas.
A winner in the World Rally Championship with the Group A Mazda 323, Mazda’s success extends to the piston engine, too, while today, the LMP2 SKYACTIV diesel prototype currently racing in the Tudor Sports Car Series in the United States highlights Mazda’s continued challenge convention approach in motorsport.
This spirit is also found in Mazda’s road cars both old and new. Mazda are the only manufacturer to perfect the rotary engine, the only manufacturer to use the Millar Cycle engine, and the manufacturer who developed the world’s smallest V6 engine.
Mazda are also the manufacturer who defied convention by bringing an affordable two seat sports car to market when all other manufacturers were deserting that market segment, and today the MX-5 remains the world’s best -selling two-seater sports car, something that will be celebrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the UK debut of the all-new MkIV MX-5.
Music and art
Mazda will also bring live music to Goodwood’s Stable Yard with a unique MX-5 themed experience area that’s open to everyone attending the Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show. And to celebrate the striking KODO: Soul of Motion design on the all-new Mazda MX-5, Mazda is inviting artists and designers from across the UK to create a show-stopping car wrap design.
The chosen design will be displayed on an MX-5 in the Stable Yard throughout the Goodwood weekend so click on the link above to enter and get designing.