Three Mazda6 diesels set the 24 hour average speed record for diesel powered production cars, averaging 137.368 MPH around the ATP test track in Germany.
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The Mazda2 will soon offer a 1.5 liter SkyActiv diesel engine in the Japanese market that could top the MPG ratings chart.
It was a bold move by Mazda to ignore hybrid vehicles in favor of improvements to traditional combustion engines, but the gambit has paid off. Mazda has the most-efficient line of new cars in America, and when the next-generation of SkyActiv engines debuts around 2020, executives claim efficiency could climb another 30%.
After Grand-Am’s merger with ALMS, some wondered if Mazda would racing. Well fear not, as Mazda has signed on with a pair of turbodiesel racers.
After its recent (though amicable) divorce from Ford, Mazda was left without a major technology partner, leaving it up to the small Japanese automaker to fend for itself. So how does a small car company tell the world about its awesome new turbodiesel sedan? Take it racing of course. Last weekend the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D diesel race car scored its first victory in the Grand Am series at Road Atlanta.
Modern turbodiesel engines are all the rave in Europe and the rest of the world, but these engines are only just starting to catch on in America. The new Mazda SkyActiv-D diesel engine is coming to U.S. shores next year, and to drum up excitement, Mazda is taking their little diesel to the race track.
Even though I have never owned a Mazda, I have always appreciated the plucky Japanese brand for its efforts to build driver-centric cars. The Miata is perhaps the best example of Mazda’s track heritage, and the new SkyActiv technology promises to blend performance with fuel economy, maintaining Mazda’s fun-to-drive dynamics.. Mazda has announced that it is entering its SkyActiv-D diesel engine into the newly announced Grand-Am GX class for the 2013 racing season.