Mazda introduced the RT24-P model at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This vehicle will compete under the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) regulations within the Prototype class, the highest exponent of the IMSA WheatherTech SportsCar Championship. After a significant period of circuit testing, the model will make its debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January.
As in the rest of the range, Mazda has based the body of this racing car on its KODO - Soul of Movement language, whose design cues can be seen in its dynamic lines and front grille.
"When designing this model we have taken into account the two parameters that make it possible to make a successful racing car: aerodynamics and the new technical specifications required in 2017," said Ken Saward, senior manager of Mazda Design Americas, dependent on Mazda North American Operations.
"We have found that applying the KODO design language to the surfaces and profile of the car has allowed us to create a dynamic, meaningful and aerodynamically efficient design," he added.
SpeedSource Race Engineering has been the company responsible for developing two units of this model, which will feature the new Riley Mk. 30 and will incorporate the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, with almost 600 horsepower, which already competed during the IMSA 2016 season.
The name RT24-P refers to Mazda Road to 24, a driver training program that provides training to lower category champion drivers to continue their evolution into professional competition.
The "24" also stands for the 2-liter, 4-cylinder in-line engine that the car mounts, while the "P" stands for prototype. Currently, Mazda accounts for more than 55% of the grassroots competitions that are played in the United States.[sam_pro id = "0_2" codes = "true"]