The Victory at Le Mans 1991


A revolution in 24 hours.

No Japanese team had ever won Le Mans. Until 1991, that is. That was the year Mazda threw out the rulebook and entered its rotary-engined 787 racers in the world’s oldest and most prestigious endurance event. Despite the 787s power deficit against the competition, they had an advantage in reliability and Mazda managed to take the lead and win the race. This was truly a first and a record that stands to this day: the only Japanese team ever to win and the only victory by a car not using a reciprocating engine design. All thanks to thinking differently and defying the conventions.