Goodwood Festival 2015: Highlights from the hill

2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Mazda central display, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2015

As always there’s much more to the Goodwood Festival of Speed than just Formula One cars.

Mazda’s racing heritage is a major part of this year’s festival and their 1991 Le Mans 24 Hour-winning, rotary-engined 787B forms part of the distinctive central feature in front of Goodwood House. It appears alongside a Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo, a concept based on a car which was created for the computer game series. Another 787B and several of its siblings are taking to the hill.

Among the bevy of McLarens on show, one which stands out is a special edition of their P1 road car styled in homage to Alain Prost. The P1 incorporates the helmet colours of the driver who won three world championships for McLaren between 1985 and 1989.

A full complement of manufacturer-run LMP1s from this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours are present, including Nissan’s unconventional and, as yet, unsuccessful GT-R LM NISMO.

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7 comments on “Goodwood Festival 2015: Highlights from the hill”

  1. Why don’t we get wheel covers like those on the Mazda 787B or Intrepid RM1 anymore? are they banned? if so, why?

    1. How are they going to change the wheels during pitstops? :)
      I guess, time saved by running those, would be lost during pitstops where they’d have to remove them and fit them back on again, no matter how easy to remove/attach they make them.

      In F1, changing a nose cone usually means around 15+ or even 20+ seconds per pitstop. WEC pitstops are even slower, so adding this would dramatically increase the stationary time.

      Or maybe they are banned. :)

      1. Yeah but those on the Mazda where very similar to those used in F1 from 2006 to 2009. WRC used to have them aswell.

        Besides, LMP1 these days run the same set of tyres for a lot longer.

    2. OmarR-Pepper - Vettel 40 victories!!! (@)
      26th June 2015, 21:07

      @fer-no65 I think they were banned because every team started to get its own version, and because they are over a moving part (the tyre), they were “moving aerodinamic elements” and thus “illegal” for the new regulations that started in 2009. Actually, some teams still run them in 2009 (I just remember Brawn having them too) but as a loophole in the rules, the rulebook was fixed about it from 2010 on.

      1. @omarr-pepper if I remember well, they were banned after 2009 because they struggled to attach them properly (Alonso in Hungary 2009 for instance), specially the front tyre.

        But I have no idea if the wheel covers like those in the Mazda or the late Delta Integrales are legal or not, and why.

  2. Nice pictures, although a lot are angled.

  3. Ford RS200 IMSA GTO. What??? Never heard of this. Was this supposed to go at the Audis? Did it ever race? Anyone got any information?

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