Mazda was at the ATP test oval in Papenburg, Germany, last weekend as it sought to break 20 speed records, subject to the FIA's homologation.
As part of the Japanese carmaker’s run at the speed records, three Mazda 6 units powered by 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D clean diesel engines completed a 24-hour marathon on the high-speed track. At the end of the 24-hour stint, the lead car ran an average speed of 221kph, with only an average speed of 0.89kph separating the three cars after the run.
In comparison, the current FIA-homologated record for 2.0-2.5-liter diesel-powered production cars is 209kph.
In addition, each of the three midsize sedan units also set several other average speed records over a variety of distances, again subject to FIA homologation.
We drove the diesel-powered Mazda 6 in Thailand in May 2013, and we were completely enamored by it. This bit of news only makes us further lament the fact that this oil-burning 6 isn't available in our market.