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Mazda unveils gorgeous, powerful RT24-P prototype endurance racer

The new car will make its racing debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Florida, in late January.

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Mazda unveiled its new Mazda RT24-P endurance race car at the 2016 LA Auto Show.

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The RT24-P will make its racing debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January where it will compete in the prototype class.

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The prototype racer will be powered by the turbocharged, four-cylinder Mazda MZ-2.0T engine which makes approximately 600 horsepower. I wonder if that'll fit in my Miata.

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The new racer was designed with Mazda's Kodo Soul of Motion design language.

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I'm seeing hints of the RX-8 in the fascia and fender arches, but only the slightest hints.

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The name RT24-P indicates the 2.0-liter engine, the four cylinders and the prototype racing class.

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Mazda worked with the aerodynamicists and engineers at Multimatic to massage the RT24-P's new bodywork.

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You may recognize Multimatic as the group behind the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2's unorthodox suspension.

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Underpinning the new bodywork is the new Riley Mk. 30 chassis, developed by Riley Technologies in relationship with Multimatic.

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Mazda will be the first team to make use of this new chassis.

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