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Mazda Motorsports is looking to change the face of motorsports in North America, announcing that it will be supplying clean Skyactiv-D diesel engines to teams for the 2013 season.

Diesel engine technology has revolutionized racing overseas thanks to Audi, and Mazda appears set to follow a similar path in the U.S. Grand Am series. Moving away from its past in rotary-powered racing, the engine will be a Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder powerplant featuring a dual-stage turbocharger setup. Mazda promises that these engines, “will deliver outstanding performance and fuel economy coupled with the kind of quality, durability and reliability needed to produce great street cars and win endurance races,” said John Doonan Director of Mazda Motorsports.

Cars using the Skyactiv-D engine will compete in the new GX class, created to let new vehicles and new technologies into the competition.

Mazda will be the only Asian automaker committed to bringing modern clean-diesel technology to the United States with plans to offer a production car with a diesel engine in the near future. The Skyactiv-D engine has a 14:1 low compression ratio, a 5200-rpm redline, and compared to the current production 2.2-liter MZR-CD engine it has 20-percent reduction in fuel consumption, 20-perfect reduction in internal engine friction, and 10-percent reduction in weight. (Read up on AutoGuide’s first drive of the Skyactive-D engine here).

The racing engines will be jointly developed by Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda North American Operations, and SpeedSource Engineering. Testing on the dyno has already begun and on-track testing will begin later this year with engine pricing being announced at a later date.

“As a motorsports engineering firm, we love a challenge, and starting a new program with a stock-block Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine gives us a wonderful opportunity. The ultra-low compression ratio stock engine has fantastic torque and fuel economy. Our job is to tune it such that it meets the needs of our racers. Once again, Mazda charts its own path, and we are pleased to be an integral part of this project,” said Sylvain Tremblay of SpeedSource Engineering.
Read more on the Mazda Skyactiv-D Grand Am Racing program at AutoGuide.com
 

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what? WHAT? 200hp? I was expecting mid 300's... :( especially since it's gotta be boosting a compounded 40+psi?
I'm sure race prepped cars will make closer to 300hp, but yes, the factory HP is only 200. Normal on a diesel motor though, less hp, more torque, also easy to tune to 300hp :)
 

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*drool* want ! NOW !
 

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Dempsey Racing should be the first official customer of this new engine

Saint Germain en Laye, June 18, 2012. Mazda Motorsports announced today that it will offer competition versions of its new diesel engine SKYACTIV-D CLEAN teams engaged in one of the greatest endurance race in the world - the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in the category The Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2). This program special motor Le Mans debut at the 2013 edition of the competition. Mazda was the first - and remains the only - Asian manufacturer to have won a victory at Le Mans in 1991.

"That revives our love affair with Le Mans, said Jay Amestoy, vice president of Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). We made history in 1991 by winning with rotary engine technology. Today, we wish to return to the fold with the winners, we believe the standard engine the most sophisticated and cleanest of all time. It will return in the purest style Mazda with engines available for sale to customers in Europe and the U.S. current LMP2 in both the World Championship FIA Endurance in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS ). '

These engines are being developed jointly by Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda North American Operations and SpeedSource Race Engineering. Work has already started on the bench and track testing is expected to begin in late 2012.

These engines are derived from the famous four-cylinder diesel block SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter twin-supercharger Mazda. According to John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports MNAO these engines "will provide exceptional performance and consumption doubled quality, durability and reliability required to produce road vehicles except win races and endurance. '

Masahiro Moro, Executive Officer in charge of sales and marketing for Mazda Motor Corporation, has meanwhile said: "The culture is one of Mazda's ongoing challenge and it is in this spirit that we ran to eighteen times Mans, to our victory in 1991. In fact, this spirit has laid the foundation of SKYACTIV technologies. These technologies are the result of a number of revolutionary advances. I am pleased to see us sustain competitors who engage in the challenge of the 24 Hours of Le Mans by offering competition engines derived from our engine SKYACTIV-D CLEAN. '

Dempsey Racing should be the first official customer SKYACTIV-D engine

In Dempsey Racing, preparations continue to become the first customer racing engine Mazda SKYACTIV-D in the LMP2 class. Dempsey Racing is a team partly owned by the driver / actor Patrick Dempsey.


Dempsey Racing short on Mazda RX-8 in Grand-Am GT class since 2007 and has finished on the podium in particular during the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team has continued to improve its performance on the track since his arrival in the series, and has contributed to the victory of Mazda in the constructors' championship GRAND AM GT 2010. With the support of various partners, like VISITFLORIDA.com, Dempsey Racing has expanded its activities this year lining up a team in the American Le Mans Series, and runs classes in Prototype Challenge (LMPC) and Prototype 2 (LMP2 ) in preparation for Le Mans. In fact, the two owners of the team, Dempsey and his co-driver Joe Foster, are currently testing their LMP2 car in Virginia when the whole world has its eyes fixed on the 80th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans' s place this weekend.

Patrick Dempsey and his "business partner" / co-driver Joe Foster have both participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver in the GT class, and look forward to their return in 2013, this time in the LMP2 class and strong Diesel engine Mazda SKYACTIV-D CLEAN.

Patrick Dempsey stated that: "Our partnership with Mazda is fantastic and we are pleased to jointly prepare future success for 2013. We are focused on preparing our LMP2 in the United States as we participate in the American Le Mans Series. Our team and our partners are eager to be associated with the SKYACTIV-D technology and avant-garde values ​​and respect for the environment that are associated with it. '

Source : Mazda france
 

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I think it's cool that Mazda is looking at the consumer market w/ a diesel powered car and they want to take it racing, but the numbers on the 'new' engine aren't really that impressive when compared to a stock VW TDi that makes the same numbers on a single turbo and using a common rail injection system.

I don't think that Audi is loosing a second of sleep knowing that the Mazda Grand Am car could run against a Audi TDi vehicle.
 

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I think it's cool that Mazda is looking at the consumer market w/ a diesel powered car and they want to take it racing, but the numbers on the 'new' engine aren't really that impressive when compared to a stock VW TDi that makes the same numbers on a single turbo and using a common rail injection system.

I don't think that Audi is loosing a second of sleep knowing that the Mazda Grand Am car could run against a Audi TDi vehicle.
In fact it won't run against the Audi's directly as they're registered in the LMP2 class when the Audi's are in LMP1. :blush 1:
 
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