Mazda Admits It’s Considering A Return To 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Mazda has revealed that it is pondering a return to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

While speaking with The Drive at the 12 Hours of Sebring over the weekend, Mazda North America chief executive Masahiro Moro confirmed that the Japanese manufacturer is indeed considering going to Le Mans, but hasn’t made a firm decision yet.

“I think we don’t have a plan we can probably share… about doing a 24 hours race yet,” Moro-san said. “We have been in contact with the ACO [Automobile Club de l’Ouest], and I’m personally meeting with Pierre Fillon and Jean Todt sometime to discuss. It’s important for us [ACO and Mazda] to be in the loop.”

If Mazda does make a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it would probably only do so if rules governing its current Daytona Prototype International racer, the Mazda RT24-P, were the same across the International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Mazda is no stranger to Le Mans, famously taking an outright victory in 1991 with the rotary-powered 787B, becoming the first (and only, until last year) Japanese manufacturer to do so. Team Joest, the racing outfit which Mazda competes with in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, has multiple Le Mans victories under its belt.

“I think we’re looking forward to [seeing] what will be our future, as time comes [to decide] to go 24-hour racing. Right now, our big objective is, first and foremost, to get a championship here [in IMSA]. Mr. Joest, he’s a very strong guy, and he’s definitely demanding to get a title—after that, we will think about the next step.”

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  • Infinite1

    Would be great to see Mazda back

  • Bo Hanan

    No “real” sports cars in their fleet but Mazda still wants to go racing???…..
    One of the requirements to race at Le Mans should be that a car manufacturer have at least one high performance sports car in their range.

    • The-Fez

      Why?

    • ChrisInIL

      All of the car manufacturers with at least one high performance sports car in their range have left LeMans.

      Since you’re a purist, Lexus doesn’t count as the high performance Toyota.

      • Bo Hanan

        Yes it does.

        • ChrisInIL

          So you’re a hypocrite. Got it.

    • “One of the requirements to race at Le Mans should be that a car manufacturer have at least one high performance sports car in their range.”

      Huh you don’t really study history of Le Mans do you…..

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    So far
    Mazda & Toyota
    waiting the Europeans

  • Bo Hanan

    MX-5 is a lite roadster. Period.

  • The-Fez

    Thank you for that cohesive and valid argument.

  • Doubt it, even with new regulations. WEC is relatively expensive compare to what they do in IMSA.

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