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Le Mans Race

Mazda 787B 1991

Mazda 787B

Le Mans Mazda 787B

Le Mans Mazda 787B R26B engine

The 1991 Le Mans was a historic moment for the rotary engine. It was in this year that a Mazda 787B finally secured an overall win at the 24-heures du Mans, the first time for a Japanese challenger to realize such an achievement. The action of the memorable 59th event began at 4:00 PM on June 22nd. Three rotary-engined contenders, featuring one additional rotor for a four-rotor configuration, aggressively hunted out their spaces among the legendary rivals of Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Peugeot and Porsche.

It was 1:03 PM on the 23rd when the number 55 Mazda 787B passed the defending champion Mercedes to take the lead. When the small hand of the clock pointed at four, it was the Mazda crew that was the first to see the chequered flag. The winner's siblings also saw out the full 24 hours crossing the finish line to glory in sixth and eighth place. The dream, long cherished but one that had remained elusive for 13 years, had at last come true.

Engine Mazda R26B Rotary Engine
Displacement 654 cc x 4 Rotors
Max. power 700 ps/9000 rpm
Max. torque 62 kg-m/6500 rpm
Fuel Distribution Mazda Electric Gasoline Injection
Transmission Mazda & Porsche 5 Speeds & Reverse
Clutch Borg & Back Triple Plate
Chassis Twin Tube Carbon Composit Monocoque
Suspension
Front Pull Rod Outboard Springs
Rear Upper: Locker Arm, Lower: Wishbone Inboard Springs
Damper Bilstein
Brake Rotor Carbon Industries - Outboard Ventilated Carbon Discs
Brake Pad Carbon Industries
Dimensions
Lenth 4782 mm
Width 1994 mm
Height 1003 mm
Wheelbase 2662 mm
Tread Front 1534 mm, Rear 1504 mm
Weight 830 kg
Tyre Dunlop, Front 300-640R18, Rear 355-710R18
Rim Rays, Front 12x18 inch, Rear 14,75x18 inch
Fuel Cell 100 liters
   
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