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Mazda Unveils Beautiful 2017 DPi Racer

Mazda was the first to reveal the look of their competitor, the Mazda RT24-P, for the new era of North American Prototypes, IMSA’s Daytona Prototype international. The Mazda RT24-P will be showcased in the premier Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.

The Mazda RT24-P is built on the Riley Mk. XXX, and is the first public display of the chassis, albeit in modified DPi configuration. Using the Mazda Kodo design theme, the race car takes flowing shape and Mazda’s “Car as Art” motto further.

img_0883Per the new-for-2017 technical regulations, all DPi manufactures are permitted to build custom bodywork and their own power plants on top of a modified global LMP2 chassis. Manufactures are limited to building their machines on one of the four approved chassis manufacturers for next year – the Oreca, Ligier, Dallara, or Riley.

The previous Mazda Prototype was build on the Lola B08/80 chassis that has been in LMP2 competition since it’s debut at the 1000 km of Catalunya in the 2008 Le Mans Series with Speedy Racing Team/Sebah Automotive. Mazda fielded a four cylinder Skyactiv turbo-diesel in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship through 2015 before moving to the gasoline MZ-2.0T platform this year.

Though an IMSA test is currently ongoing through tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway, Mazda chose to unveil the car at the LA Auto Show. Another IMSA test is scheduled for December 13 and 14 which may see the public on-track debut for the Mazda.

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Further details on drivetrain and specifics will be shared later, but for now the shear beauty of the RT24-P will satisfy race fans.

Images: Mazda

Dusty Michael

As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.