Japanese company to put on a show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Mazda is celebrating its racing heritage with a 40-metre high sculpture, which will be the central feature at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The sculpture was created by Gerry Judah and is based on the theme ‘Flat Out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’. The 120-ton monument to Mazda is made up of 418 metal beams, which twist and curl forty metres into the sky creating a dynamic track for the rotary-engined 787B Le Mans racer and the LM55 Gran Turismo Vision concept, which sit atop the piece of artwork.
These two cars were chosen specifically as one (the rotary-engined 787B Le Mans racer) represents Mazda’s past while the other (the LM55 Gran Turismo Vision concept) represents Mazda’s future. It demonstrates how the company will balance modern technology with its racing heritage.
However, Mazda’s contribution to Goodwood does not end with this fantastic tribute to their company, as they will also be debuting their all-new MX-5 roadster. Mazda has stated that it wanted the sculpture to reflect their KODO design philosophy, which they describe as capturing natural motion.
The sculpture also pays tribute to some of the older sculptures, which have previously been on display at the Goodwood festival of speed and is sure to impress the 200,000 people that are estimated to attend.Words: Rhys Barnwell