The Mazda 787B is the last Le Mans Lego car of the week!
Nowadays, the Mazda 787B is one of the most legendary Le Mans cars there is. There are multiple reasons for this, and I think the main one is its incredible rotary engine. If you have never had the chance to listen to it, go to Youtube right now and do your ears a favor: it's sublime.
But the 787B has pedigree too. Before Toyota took its first victory in Le Mans a couple of months ago, the Mazda was the sole Japanese Le Mans winner, ever. So, sure, you could argue that the 1991 24 Hours were a bit weird because of the regulation limbo brought by the adoption of the new 3.5L formula while the bigger, older Group C cars were still allowed to compete. You could also argue that it never was a pace-setter in the race, and that would be true too; in fact the fastest lap belongs to a chap called Michael Schumacher, set on his beasty Sauber-Mercedes C11.
But the fact is, Le Mans is an endurance race, and the plucky little Mazda endured. While its crazy four-rotor engine was capable of 900hp, it was detuned to 700hp for the race, on reliability grounds. And it payed off!
A very well deserved legendary status then, as far as I'm concerned. And what a car! Everything is iconic about it: that checkered orange and green livery (which is super hard to make with Lego bricks by the way), the clean shape, and of course that engine.
So that's it for my weekly Lego Le Mans cars series then. Why? Well, first off, I need a break! Doing these every week is a lot of work, and I've been doing it on the back of my last F1 series too, ever since the Australian GP. I love doing these, but I need a breather.
And it's also because my next series is going to be by far my most ambitious yet, and so I'll need to prepare it for a while before I can start to publish it again. I don't want to let on too much in case I can't actually pull it off, but let's just say that it will involve F1 cars, and a lot of them. It will take months to complete, and I plan to start it up in September. If you wand to be kept updated on that, you can follow me on Twitter:
In the meantime, Square Cars will not be left empty. First of all, of course, I'll post the instructions for the Mazda. I'll also be looking for stuff that people make and try to showcase some of the coolest Lego cars around. And of course, if you have made a Lego car yourself, absolutely please do post it on Square Cars! I love seeing what other people come up with.
See you next time then, and happy bricking!