Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 – Top 20 Cars of Interest
1954 Jaguar D-Type Prototype - Even among D-Types this is a unique car, the factory prototype for the machine which set the seal on the Jaguar Le Mans legend. This prototype was completed in May 1954, and immediately travelled to France for the Le Mans test session where development driver Norman Dewis broke the Lap record by five clear seconds.
1984 Lancia LC2 - While the Martini-liveried Lancia rarely lasted the distance in Group C races in period, its V8 Ferrari engine provided plenty of power for it to be up there in qualifying. LC2s earned three race victories over their lifetime in the hands of drivers Teo Fabi, Riccardo Patrese, Alessandro Nannini, Mauro Baldi, Hans Heyer and Bob Wollek.
1986 Porsche 961 - The 961 is the only all-wheel drive Porsche ever to start at Le Mans, and was a racing version of the all-conquering 959 Rallye-Raid car. The 961 acted as a test-bed in the 24 Hours race for a flat-six, twin-turbo engine with water-cooled four-valve cylinder heads, but was fast enough to finish seventh overall and win its class.
1988 Jaguar XJR9 LM - In 1988 Jaguar went to Le Mans in strength, with an entry of five XJR-9 cars, all powered by the Jaguar V12 engine producing 750bhp from a capacity of 7.0 litres. Two of the cars retired but the remaining three went on to finish first, fourth and sixteenth. The winning Jaguar, driven by Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace, completed 394 laps and covered a distance of 3313.63 miles, in comparison the winning D-type of 1957 covered a distance of 2732 miles.
1991 Mazda 787B - In 1991 Mazda won the 1991 24-Hours of Le Mans with this rotary-powered 787B at the hands of Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot. Mazda became the first - and to date the only - Japanese car manufacturer to win the race, and the only marque ever to do so with a rotary-engined car. The 787B racer, which has a 210 mph top speed, completed 362 laps at an average speed of 127.62mph.