Mazda RX-8 Chosen For Unique Formula Woman Race Series

Mazda is teaming up with the organisers of the UK’s first-ever all-women race series to promote the launch of its revolutionary new sports car, the high-performance Mazda RX-8.

Formula Woman is a high-profile event which will give 16 female drivers the opportunity to race Mazda’s all-new rotary-engined sports car in a unique one-marque series during 2004.

The selection process for the applicants will take place during 2003 and will involve driving skills being put to the test in Mazda MX-5 sports cars before the final 16 drivers are chosen to drive Mazda RX-8 models in the televised championship series.

James Muir, Managing Director of Mazda Motors UK Ltd, said: "We are delighted to be involved as the manufacturer sponsor for Formula Woman. It’s an extremely exciting and innovative project which we believe will really capture the imagination of the public – just as we feel sure that the Mazda RX-8 will cause a real stir when it goes on sale in the summer.

"With its rotary engine and unique freestyle door system, the Mazda RX-8 is a truly revolutionary sports car. Equally, Formula Woman is a totally new and unique concept, so it was a natural decision for Mazda to participate as manufacturer sponsor."

Mazda's involvement will involve the provision of cars for training, pre-selection and for the race series itself. The race cars will be standard road cars, converted to meet MSA safety requirements for racing.

Published 15 January 2003 Melanie Carter

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