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 |  Jul 18 2013, 8:45 AM

1. Mazda 787B


Win Le Mans and you win this top ten list. The 787B isn’t just the only rotary powered vehicle to every win Le Mans, it is the only Japanese vehicle to win as well. In an ironic twist to rotary engine’s reputation for a lack of dependability and poor fuel consumption, it was actually superior fuel economy and reliability that gave this Mazda the win as faster competition fell by the wayside during the famed 24 hour race.

Powering this monster was a turbocharged 26B four rotor engine that could 900 hp, but was de-tuned to 700 hp for reliability. To this day the orange and green #55 787B is regarded as one of the coolest race cars ever made, thanks to the quirky rotary.

  • Alfie

    How many gallons of oil were burnt making this post?

  • Mike Schlee

    Three gallons and two apex seals

  • Souse

    No C111?!?

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Yeah, right after Mazda won LeMans, FIA outlawed rotary engines. They’re getting as bad as NASCAR with the rules these days…

  • Transpower

    Wow, I totally don’t remember the Aerovette….

  • Ken H

    Thank you for including the 20b cosmo.

    As an owner im Really happy to see it in an article