Human technology tends to be conservative. But, sometimes, pops a "freak", a phenom that shakes established order.
The Mazda 787B is one of those. Overall, the car is pretty "mainstream". At first sight, it is a Group C car like others....Then you hear the engine.
No other group C produced this sound: kinda ultra high pitched V12 Ferrari. The reason: the engine. The R26B engine that runs this car is not "normal",
it's a Rotativ engine (aka "Wankel", from German engineer Felix Wankel who created this kind of engine for NSU, back in 50's).
No rods, no pistons. Instead, kinda triangular rotors. This engine has four of them. Naturally aspired, it produced 900 bhp. A similar output to others Group C cars.
This Mazda 787B was entered in Wolrd Sport Prototype championship and Japanese domestic championship in 1990 and 1991. It is an envolution of the 1990 787 and 1989 767 cars.
In 1991, to the skilled hands of Johnny Herbet, Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler, this car won Les 24 heures du Mans. First japanese car (until now the only) to win le Mans, First "unconventionnal"
engine to win this endurance race. After this race, wankel engines were banned from Le Mans type races.
The car i've built is 1:8 scale (BIG). It features steering, suspensions on four wheels, differential and a rotativ engine, recreated the best as possible at this scale and current lego technics parts available.
The main livery is brick made of. That was a big challenge to conciliate livery and shapes, as there are plenty of curves and vents on this car.
And, as usual, the modular conception in the same way real cars are built.
I have just two words to describe your creations - not only this one but all of them. One word that begins with 'in' and ends with 'credible', and the other beginning with'gor' and ending with 'geous'. Sorry, I'm still trying to stop drooling...
wooooow seriously, you never disappoint... I've rarely seen a 787B (in fact I think i've only seen one other one) and this is the first i've seen in the iconic green/orange livery... I know the GT-One may not be far off, but for now... just wow