Expect to see the word “Wankel” a lot.
Not being one of the big top-tier LMP1 cars, a lot of people tend to forget that Mazda's LMP2 SKYACTIV car is racing at all. But one thing that nobody is likely to forget is the 787B, the Mazda race car that won the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans, the only Japanese car to ever get an outright win in the famous race. This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed will be a celebration of Mazda's many motorsports achievements, although the Le Mans win will be the main focus.
Powered by a four-rotor engine capable of 900 horsepower, the 787B will be making an appearance at the festival, and will of course be taking a run up the festival's famous hill climb. Also making the climb will be Mad Mike Whiddett, who will be drifting up the hill in his RX-7. You can expect to see a few MX-5s here and there as well, even if they are overshadowed by the bigger rotary cars. The festival runs from June 25-28, and we're looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.