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Posted: 13 Jun 2014
Before you do anything, click these blue words and listen to the 787B clearing its throat.
Good, isn’t it? Mazda’s Wankel rotary-powered race car boasts one of the most unique engine sounds of any race car ever. It was also a big deal for Mazda, which in 1991 became the first – and to date only – Japanese manufacturer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
When the Mazda 787 B took the lead on Sunday morning, Japanese media shuffled their schedules round in order to transmit the last hours of the race live. And Mazda’s driver Johnny Herbert was so excited at winning the race (and quite possibly being in a state of Very Much Knackered) that he fainted when he got out of the car. Herbert missed the podium ceremony, his teammates Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler picking up the trophy instead.