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The Mazda 787B '91 is a race car produced by Mazda. It appears in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo PSP, Gran Turismo 5, Gran Turismo 6 and Gran Turismo Sport, where it was added as part of Update 1.23, released on July 30, 2018, and Gran Turismo 7.

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.

In-game description[]

"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,[1] which ultimately came in Mazda's 18th year of participating in the 24-hour contest.

GT7 Dealership[]

Do you know about the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours? In the final year that rotary engines were allowed to compete, Mazda defied the odds and won in miraculous fashion. The winning race car was the 787B, powered by the 4-rotor engine, which outlasted powerhouse rivals like the Jaguar and Porsche. The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that Mazda became the only Japanese company to win the historic race.[1] After a bad showing the previous year, no one expected the 787B to do well in 1991, qualifying in the 19th position. However, the Mazda team was undettered and ran a strategic and consistent race, taking the checkered flag. The drivers who accomplished the impossible were Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert, and Bertrand Gachot. After the race, the now-historic No. 55 car was safely stowed away to be preserved forever. Then, in 2011, the car was restored and returned to Le Mans for a demo run celebrating the 20th anniversary of its victory.

Acquisition[]

GT3[]

This car can be obtained in two ways:

  1. Completing 75% of the game.
  2. Winning the Like the Wind event.

GT4[]

This car can be purchased 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.

GTPSP[]

This car can be purchased for 3,000,000 Credits.

GT5[]

As a Premium car, the Mazda 787B Race Car '91 can be purchased at the Mazda dealership for 5,260,000 Credits. It is a Level 23 car. A Standard version of this car can be imported from GT PSP, but its use is limited to Arcade Mode only.

GT6[]

This car can be purchased for 2,100,000 Credits (5,260,000 Credits in version 1.00 of the game). It has a Detailed interior.

GT Sport[]

This car can be purchased in the Mazda section of Brand Central for 1,000,000 Credits.

GT7[]

This car can occasionally be purchased from the Legend Car Dealership. As of July 2022 the car is priced at 2,000,000 Credits.

Trivia[]

  • When the car first appeared in GT3, 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 GT3. This was fixed in GT4 onwards where this car is marked correctly as a naturally aspirated car.
  • In GT5 and GT6, 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 GT Sport.
  • In GT 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 GT Sport (and also GT7) 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, four times). 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 GT Sport 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.

Pictures[]

Videos[]

Gran_Turismo_Sport_-_Mazda_787B_Hot_Lap

Gran Turismo Sport - Mazda 787B Hot Lap

GT Sport

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Gran Turismo Icons - Mazda 787B '91-2

GT Sport

See also[]

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Until 2018, when Toyota finally won the race after several years of trying
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