After a two-year restoration, the race car is ready for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
While it might not be able to match the glory of the 1991 Le Mans-winning 787B, the 767B is very important for Mazda Motorsports as it paved the way for some prestigious race cars. In 1989, the 767B-002 competed at Le Mans and finished second in the IMSA GTP class and ninth overall. Now, after a two-year restoration, the vehicle is back in race-ready condition and will be seen in action during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 19 - 21) at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Part of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO)’s collection, the race car is motivated by a four-rotor 13J engine pushing out 630 horsepower (470 kilowatts). Mazda says the engine ‘delivers all the power, torque and noise it did when the car raced in-period’ and the car was taken down to a bare tub before being rebuilt piece by piece. In other words, it should now be as good as new thanks to the experts from Downing/Atlanta which during the restoration process were supervised by Mazda racers Jim Downing and Rick Engman.
The 767B-002 was first raced at the Fuji 1000 km event back in April 1989, managing to take the win in the IMSA GTP class with Yojiro Terada / Takashi Yorino / Yoshimi Katayama behind the wheel. Its last race was in March 1990 at the Fuji 500 km where it triumphed in the IMSA GTP class and finished ninth overall with drivers Yojiro Terada / Takashi Yorino / Yoshimi Katayama.
It’s worth pointing out the 767B due to make an appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca later this month is not the same one that crashed last year at Goodwood Festival of Speed. That was chassis 001 which scored a win in the IMSA GTP class at the 1989 Le Mans.