Mazda Motorsports today announced that it will sell racing versions of its new SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL engines to teams competing in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class of racing’s greatest endurance challenge – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Le Mans engine program will make its debut at the 2013 running of the race, the Japanese said.
The engines will be stock-block Mazda SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder, dual-stage turbocharged powerplants that, according to John Doonan, MNAO’s Director of Mazda Motorsports, “will deliver outstanding performance and fuel economy coupled with the kind of quality, durability and reliability needed to produce great street cars and win endurance races.”
One of the first customers for the engine will be racer/actor Patrick Dempsey, who plans to compete in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2. The engines are being developed by SpeedSource Race Engineering in Coral Springs, Florida, working with Mazda North America.