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Mazda At Goodwood Festival of Speed



17th June, 2007

1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S

Mazda will display an mix of 11 past, present and future vehicles at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed (22nd-24th June, 2007) as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of its rotary engine.

Visitors to the retro-themed Mazda stand will see a 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, a Le Mans winning 787B and Mazda RX-7 and a special edition Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Concept.

Festival visitors will witness a special edition Mazda RX-8 Kuro sprints up the iconic hill climb as part of the Super Car Run. Visitors can also get a glimpse of the future at the Technology Pavilion, where the Mazda Hakaze design concept of a compact crossover coupe will be displayed.

“At Goodwood we will celebrate Mazda’s heritage and offer a unique perspective into our evolving model range, including yet-to-be-launched production models, exciting design and engineering concepts,” commented Rob Lindley, managing director of Mazda Motors UK.

Celebrating 40 years of the rotary engine

To celebrate 40 years of the rotary engine Mazda has developed a special edition Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Concept.

Along with the 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S, Mazda 787B Le Mans 1991 replica and the Mazda RX-8 hydrogen concept for the future, the Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Concept is a modern-day interpretation of a rotary-powered Mazda to complete the Goodwood line-up. Displayed in Crystal Pearl White, the car has a unique spoiler and interior, special edition wheels, blue front fog-lights, anniversary badging and uprated suspension.

Future fuel – hydrogen power for RX-8

Mazda’s commitment to building lighter, more fuel efficient vehicles is further demonstrated at Goodwood in the form of the ‘Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE’ incorporating a dual-fuel system enabling it to run just as well on hydrogen as on petrol.

In 2006 Mazda delivered RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicles to its first two corporate customers – the world’s first leasing of an internal combustion engine passenger car that can use both hydrogen and petrol.

The evolution of rotary power

Mazda’s rotary heritage is showcased at Goodwood by the Cosmo Sport 110S, which was launched in 1967 as the world’s first twin-rotor rotary engined car. Its low, streamlined silhouette and futuristic body styling took advantage of the compact rotary engine, and defined the start of the rotary engine era for Mazda. In July 1968, an improved version of the Cosmo Sport went on sale, featuring an uprated 128PS L10B rotary engine. A maximum speed of 125 mph and acceleration that covered 400m from a standing start in 15.8 seconds excited sports car enthusiasts all over the world.

After the launch of the Cosmo Sport, Mazda produced a further 17 rotary powered vehicles over a 24-year period to 1991. These included several high-performance ‘RX’ models, a Rotary utility for the North American market, the Road Pacer 4 door sedan based on the HJ series Holden Premier and, in 1974, a deluxe rotary powered bus.

The third-generation Mazda RX-7, launched in December 1991, featured a powerful and responsive 13B-REW rotary engine with Sequential Twin-Turbo. Developed as a pure sports car, it pursued driving pleasure. Facelifts came in 1996 and 1998.

The 1991 launch of the Mazda RX-7 coincided with the famous Mazda victory at Le Mans. After 16 years of racing involvement at Le Mans over 21 years, the Mazda team entered three cars powered by greatly improved R26B four-rotor engines. At 4 o’clock in the afternoon of 23rd June 1991, the 787B passed the finish line, achieving Mazda’s long awaited target to win the coveted 24-Hour Race endurance race.

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