SUPER KODO! Mazda’s completely new Daytona Prototype Wears a Road-Car Face
Kodo! the item’s got what race cars crave! Or at least, of which’s what Mazda is actually hoping, as the item unveils the RT24-P Daytona Prototype created with the company’s road-car design language in mind. Set to draw first racing blood at the Rolex 24, of which full-day race in January at Daytona International Speedway, the RT24-P, as displayed at the Los Angeles auto show, does what a lot of prototype competition cars fail to do—connect the looks of the racing machine which has a producer’s production designs.
The face is actually unmistakably related to of which of the latest Miata, nevertheless the underpinnings come courtesy of Riley as well as Multimatic. The Riley Mk 30 chassis carries a 0-ish horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine built by AER as well as carried over coming from last year’s IMSA program. as well as while the aesthetic recalls both Kodo as well as Mazda’s previous Nagare styling language, the engineers obviously had to sign off on what the designers came up with.
According to John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports North America, the designers were terrified of which what they came up with might not work when the engineers as well as aerodynamic experts got to validating what they’d come up with for the DPi-class racer, nevertheless the package worked smoothly as well as all parties were pleased.
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The RT24-P name is actually a convenient evocation of Mazda’s Road to 24 driver-development program, as well as the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. The P, of course, stands for “Prototype,” as the item will be racing inside WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series’ top-rank DPi class. nevertheless as a wag on staff lamented upon seeing the item, “the item’ll never win.” When asked how he could make such a statement, he replied, “The pretty cars never win.”