Mazda RT24-P (2016 Los Angeles Auto Show)

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show: Mazda unveils new 600hp RT24-P racer

Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled its all-new RT24-P at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which commenced on November 16.

Mazda RT24-P is a racing car that was developed to compete in the prototype class of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The name, Mazda RT24-P comes from Mazda Road to 24, a driver development program held in North America, and the “P” stands for prototype. Moreover, the “24” also refers to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

This 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine dubbed the Mazda MZ-2.0T was developed together with Advanced Engine Research (AER). It has been custom tuned for racing with a maximum output of nearly 600hp.

The RT24-P’s exterior features Mazda’s Kodo-Soul of Motion design. Mazda Motorsports North America’s Director John Doonan said, “To have a car which features Mazda design language at the top level of our motorsports program is meaningful for us as a brand.”

(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)