Le Mans legend lands in New Zealand: inside the 1989 Mazda 767B

04 December 2018
Matthew Hansen | driven.co.nz

he thought of using a rotary powertrain living inside an endurance racer seems backwards, thanks largely to masses of often anonymous internet goers who love to dismantle the rotary engine's standing and heritage. Shaping perception.

"It's funny that rotaries are known to be unreliable," says Whiddett — 'Mad Mike' to most. "We've won championships with rotaries, we've developed rotaries that go to all these film shoots ... we can't have cars that are unreliable. And with our development we've proved that they are the most reliable [engine] in our program."

We're sitting in his office, surrounded by Mazda and Red Bull paraphernalia. On the opposite side of the wall behind us, a bright orange and green 'exception' to the reliability rule — a Mazda 767B. Fresh off the boat for its Kiwi debut at Mad Mike's Summer Bash in Hampton Downs this weekend. Click here for the full article.

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