Partnering with SpeedSource Race Engineering, Mazda Motorsports is challenging the racing scene with its new diesel-engine prototypes.
The SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel-powered engines employ a low compression ratio to increase fuel efficiency by 20 percent. However, the eco-friendly technology does not impede the vehicles’ speeds.
“This is the most significant step Mazda has taken towards returning to the global racing stage since our overall victory at Le Mans in 1991,” said Mazda Motorsports director, John Doonan. “And thanks to our SKYACTIV-D Mazda6 racecars winning nine of 12 Rolex GRAND-AM GX races and the GRAND-AM GX Manufacturers Championship this year, we’re confident that our two prototype cars will challenge the best North America has to offer.”
SpeedSource Race Engineering will be working with Mazda once more after previously helping the automaker in the development of the Mazda6. This kind of track record all but guarantees a mutual success scenario
We don’t have all the details about the prototypes yet; but with the first public appearance just after the New Year, we’ll be giving you a Mitchell Mazda update soon.