Mazda's New Prototype Race Car Looks Ridiculously Mean

Mazda has taken the covers off its new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) that’ll compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and it looks absolutely epic.

Unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the Mazda RT24-P is set to through a detailed testing programme before its debut at next year’s 24 Hours of Daytona.

mazda

The car is based on the Riley/Multimatic MkXXX LMP2 chassis and features an aggressive-looking aero package, which takes styling inspiration from Mazda’s road cars.

Bringing those elements together makes for one mean and monstrous-looking prototype racer, which will compete in the highest category in the IMSA series.

maz

It’ll be powered by the same AER-developed two-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine (called the MZ-2.0T) used in the 2016 IMSA Lola prototype.

The two prototype Mazda cars will be run by the SpeedSource team and drivers Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Joel Miller and Tom Long remain.

mz

It’s RT24-P name comes from the Mazda “Road to 24” development programme, which helps young drivers move up the motorsport ladder.

Is this quite possibly one of the best prototype race cars out there at the moment? It’s certainly up there. Thank you, Mazda, for producing such a beautiful machine.