2014 Mazda6 Diesel to Race in 2013 Grand-Am Series

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad
Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D clean diesel racecar. (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

Mazda is no stranger to motorsports, and following the recent unveiling of the Diesel Mazda6, the company announced that it will be taking its midsized diesel sedan to the racetrack during the 2013 Grand-Am series.

News of Mazda bringing its new diesel to the track originated back in June, but now we can finally rest knowing that it will be Mazda’s latest beauty, the Mazda6 that will be representing the brand and diesel power.

The Mazda6 racecar is being developed for the new GRAND-AM GX class, and will debut at the Rolex 24. The GX class is reserved for cars with experimental technologies which have never been entered into a Grand-Am race before. The SkyActiv-D diesel engine will be the first oil burner to ever power a Grand-Am car.

For Mazda, they will be pursuing their 24th class win in the American endurance classic, having most recently won in 2008 and 2010.

The engine is expected to make more than 400-hp and is based on the engine that will be found in the SKYACTIV-D Mazda6, sharing 60 percent of the production vehicles components.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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