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    Mazda bringing first diesel to Brickyard 400


    By Drew Dowdell

    Managing Editor - CheersandGears.com

    July 26th, 2013

    Mazda is bringing the first diesel to compete at Indy in over 60 years and the first ever to compete in the Brickyard 400 race established in 1994. The last time a diesel powered race car ran on the Indy speedway was when a Cummins Diesel Special ran in 1952.

    Mazda will be razing a Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Clean Diesel with an engine over 51% stock. The engine is a 2.2 liter, direct injected turbo-diesel producing 400 horsepower @ 5000 rpm and 445 lb-ft of torque at 3600rpm. Mazda is counting on the fuel efficiency of diesel technology to result in less need to pit and refuel the car.

    It appears to be working. In an impressive season start, Mazda is behind lead manufacture Porsche by 1 point after 4 wins in 7 out of 12 races.

    Update: The Mazda6 Diesel is the first diesel to win a race at the Indy Speedway on Saturday. Mazda's #70 car took the lead with 47 laps remaining and held that position till the checkered flag waved. Mazda now leads Porsche in the GX class.

    Source: Mazda Media

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    In thinking about this over the weekend, I do find this interesting that they are racing Diesel and yet not bringing diesel to the masses via retail.

    Guess they need to research it more. :P

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    What do you mean "not bringing diesel to the masses"? It is going on sale in a few weeks.

    I have not seen anything other than stories about Mazda not bringing diesel or hybrids to the US Market. Is the diesel going on sale in europe? I know that is a market that needs them.

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    They aren't bringing hybrids, but the diesels are coming to the US. Mazda6 is first and launching for sale in the next 6 - 8 weeks with a likely (though not officially announced) followup with the CX-5 in the next generation.

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    That is very interesting, for some reason what I had read and seen in the news made me think Mazda was not bringing diesels here at all. Good to know.

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    :metal: Rock on Mazda :metal: That will probably make other auto companies think about it. But then Audi did the 24hr lemans in a diesel and we did not see much change. Seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. I hope this brings alternative fuel into racing more and more.

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    We didn't see much of a change back then... but Audi will have every model not starting with the letter R available with a diesel engine for the 2014 model year.

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    I wonder if Audi will be using their race technology to give their auto's a performance boost with decent fuel mileage or will they truly go after max fuel mileage with a slight performance boost?

    I find it interesting how companies integrate their racing technologies into retail packages.

    Might be an interesting paper to do on how companies integrate their racing technology into profitable retail products.

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