The Rolex 24 endurance race is set to see the 2014 Mazda 6 become the very first diesel-fueled car to participate at Daytona. This was announced by Mazda North America, as its Mazda 6 (powered by a Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine) will be a part of the all-new Grand-Am GX class.
This announcement coincides with Mazda’s announcement that the 2014 Mazda six will offer an optional Skyactiv diesel engine. The unique engine will also be available in 13 of the company’s car models.
Recently, the Rolex 24 race series added the GX class, which currently consists of a limited number of car brands and models including the Lotus Evora GX, Porsche Cayman, and now the Mazda 6. The purpose of the class of cars is to promote and nurture emerging car technologies – some of which utilize alternative fuels.
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According to John Doonan, motorsports director for Mazda North America, the company has been eager to announce the Mazda 6’s entry into the Rolex 24, but has been forced to wait until a production car is ready to be revealed to the public.
In an effort to successfully develop the GX racing version of the Mazda 6 SpeedSource and Mazda Engineers have worked around the clock. The team is expected to ready two cars for competition at Daytona. The engine will offer 400-plus horsepower and be prepared to run for more than 50 hours.
Mazda’s commitment to precision, durability and versatility can be likened to that of the Rolex collection of watches, which have been built to last the test of time. The GX will take part in Daytona Prototype and GT classes, both which are put on by Grand-Am Racing.
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