The first of these was a turbine- powered Rover which first raced in 1963. While a rotary-powered Mazda
was the only non-piston car to ever win at Le Mans (1991), this is still encouraging. Sure, the technology on a Formula 1 car is unquestionably impressive, but the technology in endurance racers can influence what kind of car we buy tomorrow, not in 10 years. Bentley
's customers were able to buy supercharged models the same years that their cars were winning at Le Mans, just as a Mazda buyer could have a rotary-powered RX-7 in 1991 and VW/Audi is building efficient diesels right now.