Mazda Throws down the Gauntlet for 25 Hours of Thunderhill
There's always been a big rivalry between dealers and factory guys, and to finally prove which one is better, Mazda has entered three racing-modified 2014 Mazda6 SkyActiv-D Clean Diesel models. This isn't just another race around the track. The 25 Hours of Thunderhill race is the longest endurance race in America, and on December 7 and 8, two teams of Mazda dealers will go head-to-head with one team of Mazda North American Operations employees. Yes, there will be nearly 80 other teams participating in the event, but this in-house rivalry will finally be put to rest during the 25 hour race. "Mazda is a small company, but what has always stood us apart from our competition is that we are a car company full of real car people. Given that we have less than 600 employees and about the same number of dealers around the country, we have a disproportionality large number of employees and dealers who have competition licenses and are real racers," said Robert Davis, MNAO Senior Vice President, U.S. Operations, in a statement. Not much has changed in the modified Mazda6 cars, as it remains nearly stock mechanically. The interior has been outfitted with an Anthony Woodford Racing roll-cage, Sparco Pro-ADV racing seat, Safecraft racking seatbelts, along with plumbed-in fire systems. The car will be powered by the SkyActiv-D diesel engine and six-speed manual SkyActiv-MT transmission. A custom-designed ProParts USA suspension with Koni dampers and Hypercois springs, will sit on Kojin wheels with BFGoodrich tires. The race will be streamed live at www.MazdaUSA.com/ThunderHillLIVE, so you can watch the dealers in cars 55 and 56 take on the factory guys in car 70. There will be 70 other cars on the track, along with 13 other Mazda vehicles. All vehicles will be competing in six different classes, but we expect the main fight to be more in-house. Source: Mazda
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