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AUTOart Mazda 787B Le Mans Winner 1991 Review
Authored by Leslie

Wheels, Brakes and Undercarriage

The legendary Le Mans winner rode on 18“ Volk Racing 2 part wheels. The wheels on the model are almost identical to their real counterparts. The polished aluminium outer rim and the gold coloured cast magnesium center section are spot on. Both shape and profile looks to be accurate too. Two white plastic wheel covers are provided. These are magnetised and meant for the front wheels. Tires on the model are slicks with Dunlop markings.

The carbon brake rotors of the 787B are replicated with black plastic parts. Not much in the way of details but accurate nonetheless. Callipers are modelled in gold with Brembo labelled in red, just like on the real thing. Rotors rotate independently of the static callipers.

The undercarriage, as you would expect, is a sealed affair. The flat bottomed carbon chassis of the 1:1 is made solidly with metal on the model and the diffusers at the rear are faithfully reproduced. Aa must be commended on casting the chassis in metal, which no doubt contributes to the solid feeling of the model. This is in stark contrast to most of their previous offerings, which have plastic undercarriages.



The engine bay of the model is, as far as I can tell from reference photos of the real car, largely accurate. The comparatively small rotary engine is reproduced with a surprising level of detail. The carbon cover/plate of the real engine is replicated with a textured black piece of plastic. Connected to this are numerous blue ended black cables that run along to the engine block. The dark brown manifolds are modelled well, though they are painted in a lighter shade of metallic brown for some reason. The tiny translucent plastic reservoir is one of the highlights of the engine bay. Clear plastic tubes run along to various parts of the engine, adding much to the realism of the model.

Since the rotary engine was small compared to conventional engines, it could not be used at a stress member to mount the rear suspension (as in most Le Mans race cars). Subsequently, the rear of the car had to have a network of cross members to support the weight of the engine and to mount the suspension. These cross members along with other cables and various other small components, make the engine bay look convincingly busy. Also worth mentioning are the coil covered shocks and the photo-etched radiators. These parts are without doubt much better than previous efforts from Aa. If I had to complain about something in the engine bay, it would be the use of textured black plastic to mimic carbon fiber. ‘Carbon look’ decal covered parts would have been a better choice in my opinion.


Just like the rest of the model, Aa has decided to up the ante in the interior in terms of detail. Brightening up the intentionally spartan interior are various knobs, buttons, gauges, LCD screens and labels. The driver’s seat and steering wheel look convincingly clad in alcantara. The racing harness, made from fabric and photo-etched parts, looks like the real thing shrunk in size.



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