100th 24 Hours of Le Mans Competitor Sneak Peek: Mazda 797C SkyactivSpeed

Mazda-15 (Isaragi, Kajiro, Rossiter; Renown livery), Mazda-16 (Herrell, Pla, Katadaraga; silver with blue details), and Mazda-17 (Bell, Miller, Almirola; cherry red with “Skyactiv” and “Rotary Power” text), the only American team to run a Japanese car at the United Sportscar Championship.

[Of all the teams heading into the 100th Le Mans 24, Mazdaspeed is the team that changed the second-least, only adding another rotor to its S26X motor to bolster its power by an extra 75. Relying on their clockwork efficiency and consistency in pace that is comparable to bigger teams like Porsche, Matra, and Ferrari, Mazda looks to break past the top 10 and win Le Mans.]

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It’s Wankel Wednesday, today, so of course I brought a Mazda. Or three, rather, with each car getting a 3-liter 5-rotor power plant and accelerometer KERS.

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I finally got around to building a LEGO car in Tiny Turbo scale, thanks in large part to Flickr user //PROTOTYP, who dropped his 2015 Le Mans cars just as I was binge-watching both Truth in 24 films and races in Sebring and Le Mans from 2009 onwards.

This is 5th in a 16-part preview for a fictional 100th running of the endurance classic, where 48 (!!!!!!!!!) cars from 16 (!!!!!!!!!) manufacturers tackle the Circuit de La Sarthe and try to outlast each other for 24 hours.

The plan is to make all 48 cars, both individually and as a team, then pop Bluerender to get them rendered before this year’s Le Mans race. Vignettes, studio shots and on-site shots will come up by then. Oh, and did I mention that I will post instructions for all three come race day?

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