The Mazda6s shattered twenty speed records at the track, which are subjected to FIA homologation. Three of the convention-challenging carmaker’s Mazda6 flagships powered by 175ps (129 kW) SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesels completed a 24-hour marathon run on the high-speed track, with the front car achieving an average speed of 221 km/h (137.37 mph) and the other two close behind. The current record for diesel-powered production cars (2.0-2.5 liter displacement) is 209.8 km/h (130.38mph). Each of the three Mazda6s also set several other average speed records over a variety of distances.
Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D completes 24-hour run in record times at ATP Papenburg
At the wheel of the cars, which covered more than 5,300 kilometers (3293.3 miles) during the 24-hour period, were 23 drivers from seven European countries. They included professionals as well as media representatives and car enthusiasts, who could apply to take part as part of a campaign started by Mazda last May. During their 1.5-hour stints behind the wheel, they were not allowed to follow in the slipstream of a preceding car and needed to be exceptionally careful in the steeply banked curves at each end of the oval to avoid losing speed. Nevertheless, only 0.88 km/h (0.55mph) of average speed separated the three Mazda6s after 24 hours; a tribute to the drivers and pit teams, which were made up of employees from various Mazda dealerships, but above all to the design, drivability and dependability of these cars even when pushed to their limits.
As popular as they are unconventional, Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV-D clean diesels feature a 14:1 compression ratio, the world’s lowest in a diesel engine.
Available in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, new Mazda3 and coming soon in the new Mazda2 (the 1.5-liter with 14.8:1 compression), demand for these high-output yet extremely efficient powerplants has been strong around the globe from day one and has not let up since. They have been successful on the track elsewhere, too: In mid-2013, a SKYACTIV-D powered Mazda6 became the first diesel to ever win a race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the U.S.
Mazda6 at ATP Papenburg FIA Speed Record images