This weekend, the Grand-Am Racing series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard Grand Prix and will mark the first time a diesel car has raced at the famous track since the 1952 Indianapolis 500.
The Mazda6 diesel race car is the first diesel-powered car to compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the Cummins Diesel Special ran in 1952. The Mazda race car has been competitive so far this season in the Grand-Am GX Class, claiming four wins and two second-place finishes.
Powered by a modified 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engine, the Mazda6 racer features 400 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. The production Mazda6 diesel is expected to be available in America by late 2013 and is expected to have around 165 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.
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