• May 19, 2007
Click Image for photo gallery. Follow the jump for video.

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.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, I've been watching this video practically every day for about one and a half year now (not on YouTube though). Just for the sound actually...
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's strange that a two-rotor 13B doesn't sound good at all, but stick two of them together in a Le Mans car and it puts a Ferrari V12 to shame.

      The 787B really does sound phenomenal. I wish I had an audio clip of it doing a full lap of Le Mans- I would put it on repeat for an hour, burn it to a CD and play it while I drove.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I honestly had never heard the 787B outside of the GT series before. I knew about it, I'd read about it, but I'd never seen the car "on film".

      ++++'s to Alex for making my night.

      I have my doctor's number on speed dial in case this erection lasts longer than 4 hours.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Also, that second-to last gallery photo is pretty cool. A high-res shot with the 787B, what must be a concept RX-8, and way in the background an RX-7 that looks like a '99 Spirit R.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #11 do you have dolby surround sound?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Best car ever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh yea! I still like the opening sequence of "Le Mans" better for hair-raising sounds, but this is pretty darn' good too...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sugoi, indeed... Oh, to see a vintage race between this and a Matra V12... two of the best sounding screamers in motorsports history.
      • 7 Years Ago
      b-e-a-utiful.

      And I agree, fire up the PS2, GT4 calls
      • 7 Years Ago
      Carguy:

      Are you sure you weren't hearing the later v6 turbo jags? I went to Watkins Glen for many many years in the 80's when the V12 Jags were racing and their sound was unmistakible. Rose above all, including the Mazdas/porche's/nissan's etc,..

      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW I don't know a word of Japanese but I can tell the driver is absolutely thrilled with the car and with a sound and performance like that who wouldn't be.

      Clay
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great sound, even if the video quality sucked.

      You can get Victory by Design on DVD. Great series, although the last 2 on Vette and Lotus were cut poorly for Speed's broadcast.

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