Mazda has announced that it will produce a customer diesel engine for LMP2 teams to use in the Le Mans 24 Hours next season.
New regulations will permit LMP2 car to run with diesel power next year, with Mazda set to develop the 2.2 litre engine for on-track testing later this year.
The engines are being developed jointly by Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda North American Operations and SpeedSource Race Engineering and will race at Le Mans in 2013 with the Dempsey Racing team, which will carry out the testing work planned for the latter part of this season.
“This reopens our love affair with Le Mans,” Jay Amestoy, Vice President of Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations said. “In 1991 we made history, winning with rotary technology. Now we're looking to return to the winner's circle with what we believe will be the most advanced and cleanest production-based powerplant the sport has ever seen.
“We'll do it in current Mazda style, with engines being available for sale to European and US customers competing in the LMP2 class for both the World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans Series.”
Dempsey Racing, co-owned by actor Patrick Dempsey, has a long-time relationship with Mazda having run the RX-8 model in Grand-Am and moved into prototype competition this season with an entry into LMP2 in the ALMS.
“Our long-term partnership with Mazda has been fantastic, and we look forward to mutual success as we prepare for 2013,” Dempsey said. “We are focused on that preparation which is why we are currently testing our LMP2 car here in the US in preparation for the next ALMS event. Our team and partners are excited to be associated with SKYACTIV-D technology and the cutting-edge green technology it represents."