Mazda gets ready for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Posted on Sunday, 5 January 2014 , 20:01:22 byTheodora

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Mazda gets ready for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

History-making moments are rare. Being part of them is even rarely. History will look back at the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona as the moment when the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship debuted and the day racing forever changed. It is a challenge that offers a new vision for sports car racing, a challenge that Mazda is willing to take through entering competition with its diesel-powered race car. This very precise brand already represents a degree of freedom, an expression of personality and the symbol of an individual lifestyle so it doesn’t come as a surprise that it will compete in this championship.

Mazda has just unveiled its diesel-powered race car meant to compete in this year's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. It is not entirely new, as back in November this vehicle has also been detailed a bit. It is a unique vehicle, especially because it is the only racer from a car company to be powered by a diesel engine, more specifically a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel that generates 450 bhp (336 kW) and a maximum torque of 786 Nm (580 lb-ft) which is sent to the wheels via a six-speed sequential Xtrac gearbox equipped with paddle shifters. The vehicle features a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and weights 1,984 lbs (900 kg).

Mazda Motorsports will send on track a pair of factory-backed SKYACTIV Technology-powered prototypes in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Behind the steering wheel Mazda will have the four drivers who delivered nine race wins and the 2013 Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship for the company.  Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long will run together the #70 car while Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez will ride the #07. Hopefully this combination is a winning card for the Japanese.