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Mazda 787B n.18 Le Mans 1991
Drivers: S.Johansson, D.Kennedy, M.S.Sala

The Mazda 787, and later 787B, was a Group C racing car built by Mazda to compete in the World Sportscar Championship, all Japan Sports Prototype Championship, and also in 1990 and 1991 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The most unusual feature of this car was the rotary Wankel engine that unfortunately, due to rule changes, was banned in 1992.

Developed according to the Group C regulations,the car featured a Kevlar and carbon composite monocoque chassis, a 654*4cc Wankel rotary engine (equivalent to 4709cc according to LM rules for 1991) and a 5 speed gearbox. Also the body was made of carbon fibre. Weight: 830 Kg.

After the great success at Le Mans 1991,the Mazda 787B was entered also at the Sport Prototype in Japan.

Car n.18, driven by S. Johansson, D.Kennedy and M.S. Sala, competed in the 24h of Le Mans in 1991, ending up 6th.





 

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One word - stunning.
 

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Love the car but hate the front wheels. I have seen photos of the 1:1 with these "disc" front wheels and with the four spoke. Anyone know the story here?

Wouldn't you really like to see a comparison of the Slotit and MR Slotcar versions?
 

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Couldn't agree with you more, JamieG - my brand new Renown version broke it's wing after 3 laps. Similar issue with the Sauber C9 too. Gorgeous cars, but too fragile at the back. (Slot.it does provide the more robust replacement wing with the cars, but they're ugly with no decals)
 

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I did know they were for brake cooling but when did they use them? I have seen the car with and without them and I am just curious.
 

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I was aware of the rear wing problem - so the rear wing is not glued to the body this time. You'll find another rear wing, with more robust 'struts', under the base of the box. Even this 2nd wing has been painted according to the decoration of the car.

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QUOTE (Slot.it @ 7 May 2011, 12:46) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was aware of the rear wing problem - so the rear wing is not glued to the body this time. You'll find another rear wing, with more robust 'struts', under the base of the box. Even this 2nd wing has been painted according to the decoration of the car.

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Jeeeeeeez, can't ask for more than that. Thanks Maurizio.
 

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Maurizio,
I have the white kit which came with 2 sets of supports but the wing is so in the back and so low that it will take always the full impact of the car in case of tail swing!
I would strongly suggest to change the material!
Except the support she is one the the best you have ever made.

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QUOTE (Slots-O-Fun @ 6 May 2011, 19:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Love the car but hate the front wheels. I have seen photos of the 1:1 with these "disc" front wheels and with the four spoke. Anyone know the story here?

I've just checked the 1991 Le Mans annual (Teissedre and Moity) and my own photos and all the evidence points to all three Mazdas 18, 55 & 56 running the full disc wheel covers during the entire race. If they ran 4-spoke wheels, it was either at the test day, in practice or at another race. From my recollection the race that year was run under a blazingly hot sun, but the thing that'll stick with me forever is listening to the sound of those rotary Mazdas howling down the Mulsanne through the night and into the early hours of the morning while trying to get some sleep perched on/in a deck-chair


Hope this answers the query.

Also, if Maurizio is still tracking this thread....can we look forward to seeing #36 Jaguar XJR-12 'Suntec' at some point? To my eyes a much more attractive car than the purple cigarette adverts!

Cheers!

Phil
 

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QUOTE (biedmatt @ 7 May 2011, 15:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I too have had trouble with the wing support on the Mazda. It is the only Slot.it that has broken the wing on me, all in about five minutes on two different cars. The ugly all black wing lasted a few seconds longer. So I sold the (third) spare I had and have given up on the Mazda until something is changed.

Try reinforcing the joint between strut and body with a little hot glue, and if the strut if smashed cut some thin styrene sheet to shape and superglue it to the inside faces. Not ideal but it works and is unnoticeable on the track. I'll reserve judgement on the MrSlotcar solution until I see it working but I can see the potential.

Slightly off thread but what is this trend by manufacturers of producing cars others have already done? Surely MrSlotcar would have sold more if they'd gone for a different Group C car such as a Nissan or Peugeot?
 
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