Diesel powered 2014 Mazda6 racecar to compete in GRAND-AM GX class

At the 2012 LA Auto Show, Mazda held the debut of the 2014 Mazda6 and confirmed that the sedan will be available in the United States with the company’s SKYACTIV-D diesel engine.

Check out our post on the 2014 Mazda6 from the 2012 LA Auto Show.

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Mazda has also confirmed that a racing version of the 2014 Mazda6 will make its motorsports debut at the Rolex 24 endurance race on January 26-27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The racecar Mazda6 will be powered by a SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel engine and is being developed for the new GRAND-AM GX class.

“We have been eager to announce this car for months, but had to wait until the production car was revealed,” said John Doonan, Motorsports Director, Mazda North American Operations. “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.”

This will be the first time a diesel-powered vehicle of any type has ever raced at the Rolex 24.

– By: Omar Rana