2014 Mazda SKYACTIV-D Prototype race car review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 8 January 2014 , 13:01:25 byAlina

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Mazda SKYACTIV-D Prototype race car

Asian carmaker Mazda will reveal their latest achievement soon. Their specialists seem to have no rest until they obtain what they want. After almost two years of planning, the carmaker will introduce the SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel-powered racecars in the top Prototype Class for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. This event will take place starting with the 25th of January next year at Daytona. This is a very important step for the manufacturer as it managed to win the 2013 Grand-AM GX Manufacturers Championship. Now the carmaker will have to fight against the toughest sport car competitors in the US and this means that it will have a lot to demonstrate and to endure.

Hopefully, at the end they will have the opportunity to get all the applause. Anyway, as mentioned above, this is a very important step for Mazda since the 1991 Le Mans, at least this is what John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports declared. Regarding the competition, you should know that the responsible to develop and run the cars on track is SpeedSource Race Engineering, a team that also handled the GX-class championship this year. We also know that Mazda is now in discussions with customer teams interested in the prototype class, but also with trams interested in turning the championship winning Mazda6 into a GT Daytona class car.

The SKYACTIVE-D Smart Diesel race engine is a great development coming from Mazda. It is 51 %stock by part count, and 63 % stock by weight. There are not details regarding neither the driver line-ups nor the team partners, which will be announced at a later date. The test before the track will take place on the 3rd of January and will last until the 5th. In the photo gallery you will find several other details which are better to be seen by the reader.