Mazda 787B Returns To Le Mans 20 Years Later

Back in 1991, Mazda became the first (and so far only) Japanese automaker to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 787B. It was also the first (and, again, so far only) rotary-powered car to win the race. And in celebration of this event, Mazda has restored the winning race car and was invited by Le Mans organizers to demonstrate it on the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans on June 11th, just before the 24-hour endurance race begins.

Powered by a four-rotor rotary engine that produces some 700hp, it could supposedly produce up to 900hp. Mazda is also taking the opportunity to publicize their upcoming engine and transmission SKYACTIV era lineup, which the Japanese automaker has invested much time and money to develop. For now, no driver for the June 11th event has been named, but Johnny Herbert, who drove the 787B across the finish line 20 years ago, will be attending.

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