Mazda is eager to show the world what its diesel hybrid technology is capable of. The company has announced that the Mazda 6 will race in the Rolex 24 hour race held from January 26-27, 2013. The Mazda 6 will be powered by a diesel engine which when mated to an electric motor will produce over 400 hp. The engine block will come from a production Skyactiv diesel car. In reference to the Skyactiv diesel engine, motorsport director John Doonan said, “This is not a pure race engine; it is a production block SKYACTIV-D. We’re excited about having our newest engine powering our newest car.”
This is a historic entry for Mazda, as it marks the first time a diesel car of any type, let alone a hybrid, has been entered in the Rolex 24.
Mazda has had a history of using innovative engines in racing. In 1991 the Mazda 787B won Le Mans powered by a rotary engine. This year Mazda will supply LMP2 racers with a variant of the Skyactiv diesel found in the Mazda 6 racecar for Le Mans 2013.