Last week at the LA Auto Show, Mazda ushered in a new era of motorsports with the RT24-P prototype race car, which will bring the brand's signature KODO design language to the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January, where the car will make its racing debut. "KODO design is at the heart of any vehicle that carries a Mazda badge, and that is very evident in the design of the 2017 Prototype," says Ken Saward, senior manager of Design at Mazda Design Americas. "Working with Multimatic's aerodynamicist and engineers, we discovered that applying the KODO design philosophy to the surfaces and the silhouette of the car enabled us to create a dynamic, purposeful-looking design and a very aerodynamically efficient one."
Powering the Mazda RT24-P will be the Mazda MZ-2.0T engine which raced during the 2016 IMSA season. The 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine, developed and raced with Advanced Engine Research (AER), generates 600 horsepower. Scroll through the gallery below for detailed looks.