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Mazda Motorsports Skyactiv-D Diesel-Powered Racers Failed to Complete Rolex 24 at Daytona
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Mazda Motorsports Skyactiv-D Diesel-Powered Racers Failed to Complete Rolex 24 at Daytona

Jan 28 2013, 1:21pm CST | by

Diesel-powered racecars didn't make it to the end of the race

If you watched the Rolex 24 at Daytona over the weekend, you watched one of the most famous 24 hour endurance races to be held in the United States. This is the first race ever to have the new GX...

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Mazda Motorsports Skyactiv-D Diesel-Powered Racers Failed to Complete Rolex 24 at Daytona

Jan 28 2013, 1:21pm CST | by

Diesel-powered racecars didn't make it to the end of the race

If you watched the Rolex 24 at Daytona over the weekend, you watched one of the most famous 24 hour endurance races to be held in the United States. This is the first race ever to have the new GX class for vehicles that run alternative power plants. Mazda had three Mazda6 sedans in the race that were powered by diesel engines.

Perhaps most interesting part about these diesel-powered racecars is that the four-cylinder turbo diesel engines used over 60% stock components including a stock engine block in stock head. Sadly for Mazda, none of the three vehicles completed the grueling 24-hour race. Two of the diesel-powered racecars dropped out with engine damage.

The turbodiesel engines used in the racecars are 2.2-liter versions of production engines that will be available in the production vehicle line in the middle of the year. The engine produces 400 HP and 445 pound-for torque using twin turbos in racing trim. While the racecars look similar to production counterparts, other than the engine there's nothing similar.

 
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2014 Paris Auto Show - Preview

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2014 was packed with car debuts ranging from compact, fuel-efficient vehicles to powerful sports cars and large SUVs. The Detroit, New York and Geneva auto shows have all played their part this year in giving us some of the most technologically advanced automobiles the market had to offer. As 2014 draws to an end, the spotlight moves all the way to Paris, where a heap of machines are about to be unveiled to the world. As with most important auto shows, Paris will be packed with all kinds ...
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If you’ve been following TopSpeed the past few months, then you already know the 2014 Paris Motor Show is mostly about concept cars and cool sports cars. The Toyota C-HR concept, the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, the Ferrari 458 Speciale Spider, the Mercedes AMG GT and the new-generation Mazda Miata are all set to make their global debut on French soil. But Paris is also about regular cars, and, more importantly, about vehicles that we’re not likely to get here in North America. One of them is th ...
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A pair of new reports from GM Authority confirm that the all-new next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact will be pitched against Ford, Toyota, and others as a fuel-economy play. Based on GM’s new D2XX compact underpinnings, it’s said that the 2016 Cruze will be “significantly lighter” than the current model.There are no specific numbers reported relating to the Cruze’s weight loss, but with the current Cruze lineup all exceeding 3000 pounds on our ...
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As auto show season is about to kick off for another year, the organizers behind this year’s Los Angeles show say there are 30 worldwide debuts scheduled. That means half of the cars lined up for L.A. have never been seen before, while the other half are decidedly smaller, but equally important North American debuts. More than 60 per cent of them will be dedicated to luxury and performance cars. Of the premieres scheduled, Audi has the most lined up with ...
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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is finally out from under the covers but unfortunately there aren’t many details in store for us this time. The new Miata will be welcomed as the late ...
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A full 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, a 3.6-second 0-to-60 time, sub-12 second quarters, and a hefty 4488-pound curb weight—any way you look at it, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is all about staggering numbers. But here’s one number we didn’t see coming: The ‘Cat has earned an EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg when equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Shift-for-yourself types will have to make do with 21 mpg highway from the six-speed-manual version. (City ...
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Mazda let us drive the Miata Coupe

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All this talk of a Miata Coupe is entirely Mazda's fault. Back in 1996, the company tossed us the keys to its Miata M Coupe Concept. The idea worked then, and it still works now. So come on, Mazda. Throw a hard top on the ND.Jump over to Road & Track to read the full write up from '96, and ch ...
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Over the last half-decade or so, Mazda’s Miata has been enjoying something of a reboot of its reputation. Long derided as a car unfit for those packing chest hair, the new line is that it’s a hot, affordable little roadster that offers all of the joys of sports-car motoring without the headaches induced by owning something old and British or ...
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The Solution Solution? Report Says Mazda to Use Exhaust Aftertreatment After All for Long-Delayed Diesel

Sep 16 2014 4:08pm CDT | Source: Car and Driver

We’ve been eagerly anticipating—and reporting on—Mazda’s U.S.-bound 2.2-liter diesel for many moons. But the engine has been continually delayed, primarily so Mazda could get the drivability right while also avoiding the use of exhaust aftertreatment to meet emissions regulations for its Skyactiv-D mill. When The Truth About Cars reported that Mazda had thrown in the towel and decided to employ aftertreatment of an unspecified type, we r ...
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Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.

 

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