Video: Mazda 787B at Le Mans

Onboard video as Johnny Herbert takes the stunning Mazda 787B for a demonstration lap ahead of the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours

It’s nearly a week since Le Mans – long enough for the sunburn of most race fans to have started to fade – but we’ve just tracked down this super-cool onboard footage of Johnny Herbert driving the mighty Mazda 787B around the circuit during his ‘demonstration run’ before the race.

Considered by many to be one of the best-looking (and best sounding) racers of all time, the 787B has a four-rotor Wankel engine producing around 680bhp. It took overall victory in the 24 Hours back in 1991, being driven by Herbert, Bertrand Gachot and Volker Weidler. Since winning it’s spent the last 20 years as star exhibit in Mazda’s Hiroshima museum. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Herbert clearly isn’t on the same pace that propelled him to victory 20 years ago, but nor is he being exactly shy with the priceless Group C racer. 



BBR Super 225 upgrade for mk3 NC Mazda MX-5

26 Jun 2020

60 years of Mazda coupes – from R360 to RX-7s to RFs

15 May 2020
Mazda MX-5

2020 Mazda MX-5 R-Sport revealed

27 Apr 2020

100th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 revealed

3 Apr 2020

Most Popular

Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?

Subtle tweaks have made the Type R an even more formidable hot hatch, but we’re keen to try one again soon to understand fully the changes to the susp…
22 Sep 2020

All-new BMW M4 Competition revealed – next generation super coupe debuts

The new BMW M4 Competition applies its war paint, but there’s no manual coming to the UK
23 Sep 2020
BMW M3 saloon

All-new BMW M3 Competition revealed – an icon reborn

This is the all-new BMW M3 Competition saloon which will join the M4 Competition coupe in BMW M’s new M3/4 family
23 Sep 2020
Ford Fiesta hatchback

Five fast Ford Fiestas – celebrating small, hot Fords

Not only is the Ford Fiesta one of Britain’s most popular cars, it’s also one of the most accessible ways into a real driver’s car. We look at five of…
22 Sep 2020