Le Mans Classic 2022, Mazda 787B

Le Mans Classic 2022, Mazda 787B


The Mazda 787B is the absolute legend of Le Mans in its own voice, evidenced by the fact that it is the first Japanese car to win Le Mans, succeeding where Nissan and Toyota failed (or put in more effort). 25 years in the latter case), and ever the sole winner with a rotary engine. But contrary to popular belief, the 787B was not banned following its victory and because of its excessive rule! For convenience, FISA changed the Group C rules of the WSC of 1992, allowing only ordinary cars with a 3.5-liter engine to compete in the World Cup.

Planned for the canceled version of Le Mans Classic 2021, next Mazda 787B celebrates 30 years victory in Le Mans, in 1991. Reliable and well-designed, the R26B quadrotor, with a capacity of 900 hp, is reasonably limited to 700 hp for reliability and usability. For this 10th edition of Le Mans Classic, Peter Auto and ACO have invited Mazda 787B (read here) – in the opening of the plains Group C (read here) – who has run three times with Yojiro Terada, one of the drivers of the Mazda logo, at the helm. Kazuki Nakajima, the third winner of Le Mans 24 Hours (2018, 2019, 2020), who drove the Toyota Dome 85C (12th in Le Mans 24 Hour 1985), did not miss a beat, not even getting behind the wheel of 787B !

Photo courtesy of @Raphael Dauvergne