2014 Mazda6 Diesel Race Car Makes 400 HP

Mazda just released the performance specifications for its 2014 race car powered by a modified version of the production 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engine.

The production version will be available in dealerships later this year, but in competition form the direct-injected turbo diesel motor makes 400 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque. Official power figures on the production version are still unreleased, but are expected to be around 165 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Mazda is aiming for its 24th class win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race with three of its new race cars. According to the automaker, there are over 250 stock components in the engine. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the move is a big deal for Mazda, a brand known for racing with its rotary engines.

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The cars will compete in the new Grand-Am GX class, which is reserved for new technologies. Racing begins January 26 and runs until 3:30 p.m. eastern time the following day.

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