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Awesome 787B Model Launches HPI Expansion into the Precision Diecast Model Market
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 11:18pm

Since establishment in California, USA, in 1986, HPI (Hobby Products International) has grown to become one of the top radio controlled hobby manufacturers in the world. Aiming to expand beyond the RC market, HPI is proud to announce a new line of products for the popular precision diecast model car market. In January 2006 HPI released a unique 1/43 scale diecast models under the HPI brand, which includes the #55 RENOWN 787B, driven by Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert, and Bertrand Gachot, and black and silver versions of the same 787B.

This precision diecast metal models are 1/43 scale, a convenient size for any desk or display case. Incredible attention has been paid to make the shape of cars as true to scale as possible. Fine exterior details like radiators, disc brakes, brake calipers, mirrors, wings, exhaust, headlight buckets, mirrors, tow hooks, radio antennae and sponsor logos combine to make the model extremely realistic. Each car has a fully painted and detailed interior, complete with a roll cage, racing seat, fire extinguisher, steering wheel, dashboard and even defroster lines in the rear window. The models come mounted to a display platform that includes a clear plastic protective case, and the car can be easily removed from the platform for individual display. Collect one or all three, these fully licensed limited production diecast models from HPI Racing will be collector’s items! A true must have for any Rotary Enthusiast!!


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#937 - MAZDA 787B '91 LE MANS 24 HOURS WINNER







#988 - MAZDA 787B '91 LE MANS 24 HOURS WINNER (BLACK)






#988 - MAZDA 787B '91 LE MANS 24 HOURS WINNER (SILVER)






A LITTLE LEMANS HISTORY TO RELIVE THE EVENT THAT ROCKED THE RACING WORLD AND MADE ALL ROTORHEADS PROUD!
In 1991, Mazda became the first and only Japanese car manufacturer to win the vaunted 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Mazda 787B cars finished in first, sixth and eighth positions. HPI is proud to continue its groundbreaking diecast range with this historic endurance car, painted in the famous bright orange and green Renown colours!

The Mazda 787B was not supposed to win the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1991.

To say that the deck was stacked against it would be an understatement. LeMans in 1991 was to be an all-out war between Team Sauber Mercedes and the TWR Silk Cut Jaguars. In fact, no less than future 7-time Formula 1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher, as well as future Formula 1 driver Karl Wendlinger, were at the helm of the fastest Mercedes.

Jaguar pulled no punches either. Davy Jones, Raul Boesel, Bob Wallek, Derek Warwick and Andy Wallace were all tasked with bringing home LeMans glory for the English company – who brought no less than four cars to battle the three Sauber Mercedes.

Additionally, numerous privateer Porsche 962s, Spice-Cosworths, and factory-entered Peugeot 905s with what were essentially detuned Formula 1 V10 engines, meant the Mazda team was on no one's list to be a contender.

The three-pronged Mazda attack was spearheaded by the #55 787B, driven by Volker Weidler, Johnny Herbert, and Bertrand Gachot, and qualified a distant 19th overall. However, what the little 787B lacked in outright pace it made up for in fuel consumption – it didn't need nearly the fuel that the Jaguars and Mercedes required, while being able to stay somewhat on pace with the early leaders. The teams were only allotted a certain amount of fuel during the race, meaning that the blinding pace set by the fastest cars in practice would have to be tempered a bit during the race.

The Peugoets led away from the start at 3pm, but were quickly run down by the Sauber-Mercedes. With the TWR Jaguars either hitting trouble early, or not being able to match the pace of the Sauber-Mercedes, the Weidler/Herbert/Gachot 787B ran around in third, two laps behind – still in contention. It was unnoticed by nearly everybody.

"I kept seeing this bumble bee appear in my rearview mirror," said Davy Jones, one of the TWR Jaguar drivers, of the Mazda. "It appears behind, like a Mercedes…"

The Schumacher-wheeled Sauber-Mercedes went into the pits at 5 a.m. with transmission problems, moving the Mazda to second.

But in the 21st hour, with Jean-Lous Schlesser at the wheel, the leading Sauber-Mercedes was instructed to enter the pits –which it did, in a cloud of steam. A failed water pump belt meant game over for the Mercedes, and the Mazda, which had at this point been running in second, needed only ten minutes to take over the lead with two laps in hand over the Jones/Boesel/Ferte Jaguar.

As the minutes and hours ticked away, the French fans got into the spirit of the 787B becoming the first rotary-engined car to win the 24-hour race at le Circuit de la Sarthe. So distinctive was the sound of the 4-rotor Wankel, that every time the #55 787B came down the front straightaway, the fans would do a "Mazda wave"– keeping up with the car as it headed for LeMans glory.

Johnny Herbert, a future Formula 1 Grand Prix winner, was tasked with driving the final stint, and was so exhausted after crossing the finish line that when he emerged from the winning car, he collapsed on it. While Weidler and Gachot enjoyed the spoils of the podium ceremony, Herbert was receiving treatment at the track's care center!

1991 was the first, last, and only time that a Japanese car has won the 24 Hours of LeMans. The victory sealed the 787B's status as an icon with Mazda fans throughout the world. Mazda returned to LeMans in 1992 with a new car – the MXR-01 – and retained the lineup of Weidler/Herbert/Gachot, but was unable to recapture the magic with the new piston-engined car.

As such, the 1991 LeMans win remains Mazda's greatest accomplishment in motorsports. HPI is proud to continue its groundbreaking diecast range with this historic endurance car, painted in the famous bright orange and green renown colors!

#937 - MAZDA 787B '91 LE MANS 24 HOURS WINNER


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