|Mazda 787B Race Car '91|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec|
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||ST, PR|
|Interior in GT6||Detailed|
|Displacement||2616 cc (654 cc x 4)|
|Max Power||690 HP|
|Performance Points||678 PP|
|Max Torque||448.43 ft-lb|
|Top Speed||218 miles per hour (351 km/h)|
|Weight||830 kilograms (1,800 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||1.2 kg (2.6 lb) per horsepower|
The Mazda 787B 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. Produced in 1991 as a variant of the original 787, the 787B is powered by a 4-rotor Wankel rotary engine, producing 700 HP. It weighs 2,070 lbs., and was specifically made for the Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance race. After its victory in 1991, the 787B was retired following FIA's outlawing of rotary engines, 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 Bertrad 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.
In Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec, 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 1,299,999 Credits.
Gran Turismo (PSP)Edit
In Gran Turismo PSP, the vehicle can be purchased for Cr. 3,500,000. The black version is not featured in the game.
In Gran Turismo 5, this vehicle can be purchased for Cr. 5,260,000 at the Mazda dealership, since it is a Premium car. The 787B is also categorized as a Standard car, if it is imported to GT5 via Gran Turismo PSP, and it can only be used for Arcade Mode. Both cars are Level 23.
In Gran Turismo 6, the Mazda 787B can be purchased for 2,100,000 Credits. It has a detailed interior.
- For some reason, in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, this car is incorrectly treated as a turbocharged car. This was fixed in Gran Turismo 4 and onwards, where this car is treated as a naturally aspirated car.
- 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".
- In Gran Turismo Sport, the 787B is no longer a playable vehicle, but does make an appearance in Mazda's Museum in Brand Central, as one of Mazda's honorable mentions for its 1991 Le Mans victory.