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    Mazda 6 to debut at Rolex 24, plans to race in Grand-Am GX class - Autoweek

    "In 2013 The Rolex 24 is going to see something it has never seen before: a diesel-powered race car.
    On Thursday, Mazda North American operations announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the racing version of the 2014 Mazda 6 will make its motorsports debut at the Rolex 24 endurance race on January 26-27 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
    The Mazda 6 race car will be powered by a Mazda Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine and is being developed for the new Grand-Am GX class. This will be the first time a diesel-powered vehicle of any type has ever raced at the Rolex 24. Mazda will be seeking its 24th class win in the American endurance classic, having most recently won in 2008 and 2010.
    John Doonan, Motorsports Director for Mazda North American operations talked about the new race car.
    “We have been eager to announce this car for months, but had to wait until the production car was revealed. The SpeedSource engineering team, working with the Mazda engineers, have been flat out for months on engine development. We're happy to report that the engine is meeting the performance targets for both power and endurance. That means 400+ hp for over 50 hours, with an engine that includes a very long list of production Mazda parts. This is not a pure race engine; it is a production block Skyactiv-D. We're excited about having our newest engine powering our newest car.”"


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    Yes, production block... how much of the rest of the car is actually a Mazda 6?
    The Grand-Am RX-8s were as much RX-8 as stock cars are stock cars...

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    I expect it will be a tube chassis rwd car but I don't know the GX rules.
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    It was mentioned in a press conference that the engine would produce 400 hp and 450 ft lbs of torque using 60% stock components. That's pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird View Post
    Yes, production block... how much of the rest of the car is actually a Mazda 6?
    The Grand-Am RX-8s were as much RX-8 as stock cars are stock cars...
    The cars are the old RX8 GT cars with the Skyactiv-D engine and the Mazda6 styled body panels.

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    In the same fashion the Camaros are yesteryear's Pontiacs..
    Not much of a Mazda 6 than.
    Last edited by Blackbird; 11-30-2012 at 02:13 PM.

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    I dig it.
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    I know everyone giggled a little bit when they saw it, so I'm just going to point it out...

    The SpeedSource engineering team, working with the Mazda engineers, have been flat out for months
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    I really like that they're racing a 6 again. Four doors for the win!

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    diesel's should be pretty fuel efficient for enduros
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    not to mention torquey MFer's. This car should be rather studly marching up the front of Road Atlanta.
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