The Mazda 787B '91 is an iconic race car featured in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 5 as a Premium car and in Gran Turismo 6 as a detailed car. It is also available in Gran Turismo Sport, where it was added as part of Update 1.23, released on July 30, 2018. Produced in 1991 as a variant of the original 787, the 787B is powered by a 4-rotor Wankel rotary engine, producing 690 BHP. It weighs 1,830 lbs., and was specifically made for the Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance race. After its victory in 1991, the 787B was retired after FIA phased out C2 regulations the car used, while its other 2 derivatives continued to be used for racing purposes.
The car appears to be the #55, driven by German Volker Weidler, Englishman Johnny Herbert, and Belgian Bertrand Gachot, who has finished the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1st place overall.
"The legendary machine that brought Mazda the first victory ever in the Le Mans for a Japanese manufacturer."
Mazda was a familiar name at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1974, where the company experienced moderate success with its rotary-engine race cars. But the regulations were being changed to disallow rotary-engine race cars from participating the historic endurance race, and Mazda, sensing that it was running out of time, developed the 787 for a last-ditch effort.
The 787 was powered by the R26B, a new 4-rotor Wankel that boasted a maximum output of 690 HP. In order to handle this power, the car's frame was changed from a conventional aluminum honeycomb composite to a carbon composite, lowering the vehicle's overall weight and increasing structural rigidity. The car sported a large radiator in the nose and didn't sit as wide as the previous Mazda race cars, which resulted in lower air resistance. The car made its debut in the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans, where mechanical troubles led to an early exit from the race. The following year, Mazda entered the 787B, a new updated version of the 787.
The 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans fielded one of the most competitive grids in the history of an event with an all-out effort by Peugeot, not to mention strong entries from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Porsche. Two Mazda 787Bs were entered with the No. 55 car, driven by Bertrand Gachot, Johnny Herbert and Volker Weidler, starting the race in 19th position. As the hours passed, the No. 55 car gradually worked its way up the leader board, taking the overall lead just three hours before the end of the race.
The 787B raced to the checker without incident, completing 362 laps, beating the previous year's record. The win marked the first and still the only Le Mans championship for a Japanese manufacturer, which ultimately came in Mazda's 18th year of participating in the 24-hour contest.
This car can be obtainable in one of two ways:
- Completing 75% of the game
- Winning Like the Wind
This car can be bought at the Mazda Legendary Cars Dealership for 3,500,000 Credits. A black version of this car is also available at the early 90's Used Car Showroom for 1,224,999 Credits.
This car can be purchased for 3,000,000 Credits.
This car is a Premium Car, and can be purchased for 5,260,000 Credits at the Mazda dealership. It is a Level 23 car. A Standard version of this car can be imported from Gran Turismo PSP, but its use is limited to Arcade Mode only.
This car can be purchased for 2,100,000 Credits. It has a detailed interior.
This car can be purchased in the Mazda section of Brand Central for 1,000,000 Credits.
- When the car first appeared in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, the car became the first Group C car to appear in the series.
- For some reason, this car was incorrectly marked as a turbocharged car in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec. This was fixed in Gran Turismo 4 onwards where this car is marked correctly as a naturally aspirated car.
- In Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6, the Premium version of this car has driver names on the engine cover. However, those names are incorrect. Instead of being "V.Weidler", "J.Herbert" and "B.Gachot", like in real life, the driver names of this car in the game are from "P.Behrens", "R.Rogers" and "J.Nouvel". These names were later corrected in Gran Turismo Sport.
- In Gran Turismo Sport, a photo of this car can be seen in Mazda's Museum in Brand Central, referencing its 1991 Le Mans victory.
- The description of the car as of its release in Gran Turismo Sport is outdated, as it mistakenly points out that the 787B is still the only Japanese car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, although this is no longer a fact, as Toyota, after many previous near misses, triumphed in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 races with their own TS050 Hybrid. This therefore not only makes Toyota the second Japanese brand to win at Le Mans, but the first Japanese brand to win it more than once (in this case, thrice). This part of the car's description has yet to be updated with the new real-world fact.
- It is worth noting that the car's description in the game is a direct copy from the GT6 version, which may explain the mistake, and the update containing the car was released after Toyota's first Le Mans victory.
- The Gran Turismo Icons video uploaded by the Gran Turismo TV YouTube channel in April 2021 includes footage of the car with a custom #202 livery, used in JSPC (All-Japan Sports Prototype Championship) races.
- Until 2018, when Toyota finally won the race after several years of trying