Monday, 29 June 2015

Mazda RX-7 IMSA GTO

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



Being the featured marque at the Goodwood Festival of Speed clearly excited Mazda somewhat, and they brought a delicious smörgåsbord of rotary-toting 757s, 767s and 787s with them to titillate the crowds. (Although, sadly, one of them ended up the wrong shape. Don't worry though, it's not terminal.)
And in addition to all of that screaming Le Mans mayhem, they also wheeled this out, the IMSA RX-7 GTO. This is a creation of sublime muscularity: it's packing a production RX-7 motor, along with another one bolted on for good measure to create a stonking four-rotor unit.
The GTO took pole position at Daytona on its first ever outing, posted some impressive results through the 1990 season, then totally dominated in 1991. That quad-triangle motor kicks out a nice round 600bhp which, in a car weighing just 1,020kg, rather explains how it was so devastating. And you may have noticed how it looks a little beefier than the road car's slender profile? That's because it's been amplified, as if photocopied at 120%; the body is an RX-7-alike carbon-composite silhouette, stretched over the broad spaceframe like cling-film over a chicken carcass. Everything about it is brawny and fat, yet at the same time pared back and focused. A magnificent slice of race history.

More from the 2015 FoS here.














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