An intense breed of race car combined with highly extreme aerodynamics, this very much defines the concept behind Mazda RT24-P seen at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The super hot prototype model was labelled RT24-P in reference to Mazda’s “Road to 24” driver scholarship programme.
John Doonan, Mazda Sports Director expressed his gratitude about having a racecar that features their design philosophy. The strong spoilers and immense wings represent the company’s Kodo design language. Doonan added how this opportunity is very significant for all of them as a team. He believes there is so much more to reveal and we can finally learn about these things during the race.
Riley Technologies teamed up with Multimatic to develop the RT24-P’s chassis design. The American-Canadian tandem’s own take on the concept machine has resulted on the highly exceptional front-end and bodyworks. These two were also responsible for the prototype’s large horizontal rear wing, vertical fin and curved splitter.
Given these, we can expect the vehicle to deliver optimum aerodynamics efficiency and downward force. Multimatic is a Canadian-based company that has worked with Mazda in the last two years. The new chassis they had developed along with Riley will be tested for the first time this November.
Riley is well-known for its chassis designs, earning about 99 wins including 9 North American prototype racing season championships. Working with Multimatic’s engineers and aerodynamicists helped Mazda create the “purposeful-looking” and “aerodynamically efficient” masterpiece.
Ken Saward, Mazda Americas senior manager for design recounted how they were able to apply the Kodo design philosophy into the car’s body. Kodo, as we know embodies energy and motion. The “silhouette” and “surfaces” of the RT24-P very much explains it. Mazda will send the RT24-P at next year’s IMSA and Rolex 24 races.
The 600 hp 2.0 litre turbo engine used on its latest concept is similar to the previous year’s prototype model. The Daytona International Speedway will serve as the venue for the races happening this January 26 to January 29, 2017. Drivers Joel Miller, Tom Long, Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito are expected to represent Mazda’s two-car racing event.
Mazda Motorsports owns about 55% market share in independent racing category. Their company’s “Road to 24 development programme” supports scholarships for the drivers to help them advance into professional sports car racing. Mazda’s Road to Indy carries the same objective and has provided around 53 scholarships to the winning drivers since 2007. It was in 1970 when the strong bond between Mazda and IMSA have started to flourish. This 2017, the two are surely headed for more wins.