It was a tough decision, but Audi managed to reach a final result. When the carmaker wanted to showcase its TDI diesel technology, it chose to participate in the 2006 Le Mans 24-hour race with a prototype powered by a diesel unit. We have to admit it was a risky move, but even so, success was on their part first with the R10 and then with the R15.
It seems that Japanese manufacturer Mazda is trying to do the same move by entering the new Mazda6 in the Rolex Daytona 24 endurance race which will take place this month on the 26th and 27th. The interesting thing about this particular model is that it receives power from a Skyactive-D clean diesel engine developed by Mazda. With this representation, the carmaker plans to underline the qualities of the 2.2-liter diesel that will join the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline-powered Mazda6. To be more precise, this will happen in the second half of the year in the US.
The new model will compete in the Grand-Am GX class as it is a race-spec version of the four-door compact saloon capable of generating with the diesel unit more than 400 horsepower. A few hours ago, Mazda announced that will compete with the first–ever diesel-powered car in the US in the most well-known endurance event. SpeedSource has led the technical development of the new racing car, the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Grand-Am racer, according to John Doonan, Mazda North America motorsports director. The engineers of the company in Japan and the US have also helped and will be joined by Freedom AutoSport and VISIT FLORIDA. We will have to wait a bit longer to find out the pairings for the rest of the 2013 Rolex Grand-Am season.
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