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Mazda Unveils Updated ‘Soul Red Crystal’ Livery

Mazda Team Joest unveils ‘Soul Red Crystal’ livery on RT24-P DPi for 2018 IMSA return…

Photo: Mazda Team Joest

Mazda Team Joest has taken the wraps off the Soul Red Crystal livery it will run in its revamped IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype effort next year.

The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P DPi will feature the new livery as the Japanese manufacturer makes its series return following a partial season in 2017.

Its driver lineup was announced on Tuesday with Oliver Jarvis and Harry Tincknell joining returnees Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez. 

Rene Rast and Spencer Pigot were also named as the endurance drivers.

The Joest-run Mazda program will make its debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

Photo: Mazda Team Joest

Photo: Mazda Team Joest

Photo: Mazda Team Joest

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Confused Guy

    November 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Wasn’t this the livery they launched the car with at last years LA Auto Show?

    • Passanger

      November 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      They will display this car in this year. You can see their display list in LA show

      • Passanger

        November 29, 2017 at 6:38 pm

        again*

  2. TailsLeMans722

    November 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    IDK, It looks exactly the same to me.

    Still a great looking car though, better than the Nissan “Ligier-with-a-kitchen-tray-on-the-nose”.

    • Larry

      November 29, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      And better than the Dallara…………..er Caddie.

  3. Anonymous

    November 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I love this car, it’s beautiful! When Mazda unveiled it last year my jaw almost hit the floor, I think the red is more intense, it looks a bit more “metallic” than the previous one!

  4. The Brad

    November 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    ‘With 20-percent greater color saturation and 50-percent more depth than its predecessor, Soul Red Crystal adds another level of vividness and allure to an already stunning paint choice.’

    New paint has more depth and changes brightness.

    • Harry Manback

      November 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      It’s not even paint if that makes you feel better – it’ll be a vinyl.

  5. vanillachinchilla

    November 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    looks exactly the same…

    • Andy Flinn

      November 29, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      “The pair of Mazda RT24-P DPis will feature the new livery….”

      — Jake Kilshaw

      This year one of the Mazdas was SILVER GRAY.

      The #55 Mazda this year also sported a lighter red color.

      So no the 2018 livery is not exactly the same.

      • tracer

        November 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        Thanks for pointing that out Andy… another news outlet indicated the new livery would be on the 55 only.

      • vanillachinchilla

        November 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

        yeah, but, its the same…

  6. Travis McBee

    November 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Last years colour was soul red yes, now this year is soul red crystal.

  7. Jakester

    November 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    The difference between Soul Red and Soul Red Crystal is not much different in photos, but is significant in person.

  8. fourloko

    November 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    does it still blow up?

    • The Brad

      November 29, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      I don’t recall the livery ever blowing up, but it did catch fire a few times when the motor spit valves out the tailpipe. LOL

    • Pete

      November 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Okay, so, I have a ton of faith that Joest, Multimatic, and Mazda have developed this car greatly and hopefully all of its issues have been solved…

      …but I laughed REALLY hard when I read this. Thank you, fourloko.

  9. Mike S.

    November 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Well this picture is a race car but actually Mazda makes this color for its road cars so its not all about racing all the time as to why they picked this color. It’s a bit of brand recognition with the color which is business not racing and a smart decision to meld the two.

    • Larry

      December 3, 2017 at 1:07 am

      Theirs is the only one that actually looks like the brand of car it represents.

  10. Billthe3

    November 29, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    From another site: Last year the fin tapered from white to black, this year it’s all black. Theres also some new decals. As well as the slight red hue change.

  11. Slicks in the wet

    November 30, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Taking a page right out of the Japanese motorcycle industry.

    BOLD
    NEW
    GRAPHICS

    I can’t wait for 24 qualifying times, cause this thing better be four seconds faster than last year.

  12. Haskellb

    November 30, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Best looking prototype I have seen in a long time. I hope it races as good as it looks.

  13. Sir Skidsalot

    November 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Pretty car, hope it has the speed to match.

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