NEWS: Mazda 787B Rotary Hero right now ‘Legend of Le Mans’
Race organisers, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), asked members of the public to join an internet poll to pick one car of which best embodied the spirit of Le Mans through each of the 10 decades of the race. More than 20,000 fans cast their votes online, as well as the Mazda came up as a joint winner of the 1990s – along with the Peugeot 905. as well as through the public nominations, a 12-member jury of experts meeting in Paris last week selected the final legends. The judging panel included FIA President Jean Todt, ACO President Pierre Fillon, multiple Le Mans winners Emanuele Pirro as well as Yannick Dalmas, famed Porsche engineer Norbert Singer, US actor as well as racer Patrick Dempsey as well as through the UK, Autosport’s long-time sportscar correspondent, Gary Watkins.
Mazda can be still the only Japanese some sort of to have won the planet’s toughest endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1991 Mazda demonstrated its ability to defy convention as well as rewrote motorsport history with the rotary-powered 787B. The 700PS racer, which boasted a 210mph top speed, was driven by Britain’s Johnny Herbert, with Volker Weidler as well as Bertrand Gachot. Running faultlessly, the 787B completed 362 laps (3,065 miles) at an average speed of 127.62mph to take the chequered flag. Not bad for a Rotary engine eh? 😉
The ACO plans to bring together examples of each of the legendary cars for a series of events prior to the 2013 race as well as for a parade lap of the famous 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe before the start of This specific year’s 24 Hours race on June 22/23.