Mazda Announces Diesel Racing Program

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  1. Steve

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    I wonder whether this is another death knell for the rotary. Interesting news though, regardless.

    Mazda Announces Diesel Racing Program for Grand Am Series (AutoGuide.com)
     
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    This is for the new GX class.....and sad to see the rotary go away.
     
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    I didn't know it had anything to do with GX, that's news to me.

    Ignoring the racing connection for a tic, I like the bit about "bringing modern clean-diesel technology to the United States with plans to offer a production car with a diesel engine in the near future."
     
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    Yep, it's for the new GX class...

     
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    :blush2: Lesson learned: don't skim, read every word...
     
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    Sorry to see the rotary go, but it has always been a bear to find a good camshaft for one, plus the adjusting the valves is a real pain.

    Mazda's announcement tells me we will be seeing oil burners in Mazda's soon. My guess next model year. I'm not a diesel fan, but saving fuel is a good thing even if it is that stinky fuel.
     
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    Not so stinky anymore.......

    I will definitely add the Mazda diesel to my very short list of cars to get for my wife next.
     
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    BMW / MINI needs to hook up with Mazda on their diesel development. That would be a sweet engine to drop in the MINI.
     
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    No longer just Grand-Am, they're attempting to go all out with this thing. As the article below is from ALMS.com, no surprise that the title refers to the ALMS P2 class, but the announcement was made in Le Mans for the LM P2 as well.

    Mazda Announces SKYACTIV-D Program for P2 (ALMS.com)
     
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    Goes without saying that I'm excited to see where Mazda goes with this.
     
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    Here ya go.

    The Mazda6 Diesel Is Coming To America (Jalopnik.com)
     
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    Yay!
    Good gravis Mavis - that's a lot of stump pulling grunt! Enjoy my Speed6 as-is but would love to feel the pull from that diesel.
     
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    Here's their Grand-Am GX concept. It never crossed my mind they might use a Mazda6 for this.

    GRAND-AM: Diesel-Powered Mazda6 GX Rolex Series Concept Revealed (speedtv.com)
     
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    SpeedSource Mazda6

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    Mazda6 diesel to race at Rolex 24, team and drivers announced (Autoblog.com)
     
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    From the Detroit auto show.

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