New racing car headed for 2017 IMSA series in the Daytona Prototype International class.

Mazda’s latest racing car is defined above all by extreme aerodynamics. The new RT24-P, revealed today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, has dramatic, enormous wings and spoilers all over. The car’s name references Mazda’s “Road to 24” driver-training program and the car’s Prototype status.

The RT24-P chassis was developed by Riley Technologies and Multimatic and is notable for the curving splitter out front, vertical fin atop the cabin, and enormous horizontal rear wing. With graceful, swooping curves over its center-lock racing wheels, the Mazda RT24-P is supposed to embody the key elements of Mazda’s Kodo design language. Note the five-point grille up front, for instance, and red paint. Mazda says it balanced drawing in the Kodo styling with crafting a race car that optimized aero efficiency and downforce.

Mazda RT24-P Race Car: LA 2016
Mazda RT24-P Race Car: LA 2016
Mazda RT24-P Race Car: LA 2016
Mazda RT24-P Race Car: LA 2016

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"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," said Ken Saward, senior manager of Design at Mazda Design Americas, in a statement.

The car is powered by the same engine as last year’s Mazda prototype racer, a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated for around 600 horsepower.

There will be two of these Mazda prototype cars competing in 2017, both managed by Florida’s SpeedSource Race Engineering. Their first race will be at the 2017 Rolex 24 in January at Daytona International Speedway. That is, incidentally, the same IMSA race weekend in which the Porsche 911 RSR (which is in a different competition class) will debut.

Source: Mazda

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