Mazda presented at the Los Angeles auto show the RT24-P, a racing for the endurance races of the International Motor Sports Association made in USA. The organization is very competitive with many entries of major manufacturers. Mazda will join the top Prototype class and the car’s first race will be at the Daytona, next January, which will be the first of the 12 races of the championship.
The appearance of the car, features elements from the company’s KODO design language, that gives it a dynamic identity. The chassis of the car is based on the new Riley Mk.30. The RT24-P is equipped with 2-liter turbocharged engine that produces 600 hp.
The name of the car has a pretty interesting history behind it and is not just a corporate code. The Mazda RT24-P means Mazda Road to 24 Prototype. The Road to 24 is Mazda’s driver development program. The 24 refers to the 24 hours of Daytona, but also on the capacity and number of cylinders of the engine. Mazda owns 55% of small tournaments, such as the MX5 Cup, from which drivers start racing and the Road to 24 program offers scholarships for participation in larger categories. The last 10 years, Mazda has offered $14.9 million in total scholarships to 53 drivers.