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The Mazda 787B's victory at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans represents the only win for a Japanese manufacturer at the fabled endurance race, and thanks to the car's 2.6-liter R26B 4-rotor powerplant, it's also the only time a car has done so with a non-piston engine. In addition to being an important car because of what it accomplished for Mazda, it also happens to be one of the most fantastic-sounding racing cars ever.
In the video we've embedded after the jump, you'll see Kenichi Tanabe, editor of Japan's Car Graphic magazine, put the Le mans-winning #55 car through its paces at Mazda's Miyoshi Proving Ground in Hiroshima. The footage is great, but it's the audio that'll give you goosebumps. Thankfully, the only soundtrack is the wail of the R26B. No commenters yapping. No stupid music. Just the car. It's bliss.
If you'll excuse us, we have to go play Gran Turismo 4 now.