Green Means Go!

26 Jan

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And it’s off! The official start to the North American motorsport season is now upon us, with the Rolex 24 Hour Grand Am Race starting about an hour ago. This is the 51st running of the world famous race, and offers one of the most diverse fields in all of motorsports. This year, a new class debuts, called the GX class. While it’s only got 6 cars for it’s inaugural year, it is unique, and should become more prominent in the near future. It’s purpose is to basically feature technologies not currently utilized by the Prototype or GT class cars. To that end, alternative fuels are the initial technologies making their debut. But rumors are abound if we will see alternative chassis types (such as SUV’s!) in future events. Time will tell. This class sees Mazda’s competition debut of their SkyActiv twin turbo diesel engines installed into the new body, very attractive 6 series sedan. Mazda claims 63% of the engine parts are bone stock, production parts that will be identical to those in the street car when they hit the market later this year. The other are the Porsche Cayman. You can see the class rules for GX below:

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We will do some features on a few of the cars in the GT and DP class throughout the race, which ends at 3:30 PM EST tomorrow

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