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July 23, 2023

Mazda To Race MX-5 Using Carbon Neutral Fuel

The Mazda MX-5 is the most raced car in the world, so it’s only fitting that it’ll be used to banner the use of sustainable fuel in Mazda’s quest for carbon neutrality.

Mazda has already proven that the MX-5 can run on sustainable fuel on a 1,600-kilometer road trip in the UK, so the next logical step would be to put that to the test on the racetrack.

Taking its knowledge from the Mazda2 Bio-Diesel race car, the Japanese carmaker will run a MX-5 powered by carbon neutral fuel at the fourth round of the Super Taikyu Series in Japan.

The Mazda Spirit Racing Roadster CNF Concept will run in the ST-Q Class which is reserved for manufacturer-developed, non-homologated special racing vehicles. It will share the stock MX-5’s basic running gear: a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G and 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive manual, but will be fueled by carbon neutral fuel.

The fuel itself is the same one used by two other Japanese carmakers which will run their very own Carbon Neutral Fuel concepts at the race. These are the Toyota GR 86 (ORC Rookie GR86 CNF) and its 1.4-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder and the Subaru BRZ (BRZ CNF Concept) and its normally-aspirated 2.4-liter boxer.

Aside from the CNF-powered MX-5, Mazda will also run the Mazda2 and Mazda3 both running bio-diesel fuel.

As a carmaker, Mazda believes that the road to carbon neutrality has many paths. As such, they will accelerate not only their efforts towards electrification, but also in the research and use of carbon neutral fuels.

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