The great thing about car shows like Cars and Coffee in Irvine, California is the sheer breadth of cars that show up every Saturday morning — fans are treated to everything from race cars to unreleased new models.
Take the video above, for instance. Where else can you hear a full-bred Mazda RX-792P race car at full throttle? And in a parking lot of all places! Captured in a video by car news siteBureau of Speed, the Mazda RX-792P was brought to the show by Mazda in a showing of good will (the show uses their parking lot) and to raise money for a local charity.
The car was not one of Mazda’s more successful endeavors, although from hearing the engine you would never guess as much. It was built for the IMSA GT Championship’s GTP category. Only two cars ran during its inaugural season in 1992 before the program was cancelled due to poor performance. The car’s name is a combination of the Mazda RX-7 road car, with the 92P designating the year it was made and that it was a prototype for the GTP category.
Check out the video above to hear what the short-lived race car sounded like on the racetrack. The revving starts at about the 2:30 mark, with the first 2 minutes or so showcasing the engine warming up.