After the recent announcement of Mazda’s all new Skyactiv technology, they’ve been hard at work at the race track taking part in a 24hour endurance run to try and take the record for the fastest average speed. A combined team of professional motor drivers, journalists and motor enthusiasts all chipped in to achieve their goal of beating the previous 20 FIA speed records at a specialist oval track located in Germany.
The car in question that was used to take on the gruelling task was one of Mazda’s three 2.2-litre 17bhp Skyactiv Mazda6 saloons which achieved an amazing average of 137.37mph throughout the 24 hour period. When compared to the previous record achieved from a 2.0 – 2.5-litre diesel engine, the Mazda6 smashed the last record of 130.38mph. It doesn’t stop there – the three Mazda’s contributed to a handful more records broken throughout the 24 hours.
Throughout this impressive 24 hour hike, the cars covered a total distance of 3,293 miles and a total of 23 drivers took part to contribute to the record breaking achievement, with each driver contributing a 90 minute period with strict guidelines not to use the car in fronts slipstream – According to Mazda’s calculations, only 0.55mph separated the three cars. Participants were also warned to approach the steep banking of the track with caution due to the dangers this can cause.
Assisting the racers, Mazda supplied a number of staff (who are usually based in local dealerships) to man the pit lane. The drivers weren’t just chosen by random – Mazda ran a competition to reel in the enthusiasts to take part; although it’s not certain what the competition requirement we’re, we suspect that they we’re asked something along the lines of “In 100 words, tell us how you can contribute to Mazda breaking a speed record.”
This is a testament to the new range of diesel engines available across the board, offering impressive power figures whilst maintaining exceptional economy figures. The new Skyactiv-D clean diesels offer a 14:1 compression ration which is the world’s lowest for a diesel engine. In addition to a clean engine with good emissions, the Skyactiv also has a 20% better fuel economy and a more efficient two stage supercharger which assists overall performance. For more information on the Skyactiv range, contact your local Mazda dealership today.