The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed is finally upon us, and every year the event’s focal point is a dramatic sculpture on the lawn of the historic Goodwood House. This year is no different, and Mazda has finally unveiled the striking central feature that will be seen by around 200,000 people.
The sculpture, a bespoke design by Goodwood’s loyal sculptor Gerry Judah, is based around the theme of “Flat Out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge”. The towering design features 720 metal beams twirling 40 metres upwards, not entirely dissimilar to the double-helix structure of DNA. At the top is Mazda’s legendary rotary-engined 787B Le Mans racer, and the LM55 Gran Turismo Vision concept. The whole feature is said to weigh 120 tonnes.
The 787B’s standout achievement is as the only Japanese (and rotary-powered) racing car ever to take outright victory and the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race. It represent’s Mazda’s past in this form, while the LM55 represents the firm’s track-based future and the new ‘Kodo’ design principle that is currently being applied to its road cars.
Mazda’s contribution to the 2015 Goodwood festival extends further than this, with the UK debut of the new MX-5 roadster seeing it taken up the Moving Motor Show, tackling the hillclimb and on the stands for the public to sample. We’ll bring you all the info and news right from the West Sussex event as it unfolds in the next few days.