Mazda Returns To Le Mans Next Year With McDreamy Skyactiv DieselS

Patrick Dempsey is your racing savior. The actor-turned-driver's team will campaign a Skyactiv diesel-powered LMP2 car in the 24 Hours Of Le Mans next year. Not only will this bring the famous automaker back to the place of its greatest motorsports victory, it'll help break Nissan's stranglehold on the LMP2 category.

That engine is so McDreamy.

Mazda isn't building a full car like, say, Audi. Instead, they'll be providing engines to LMP2 teams. These engines will be based on a stock 2.2-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel block that's then modified into appropriately wacky power for a tiny engine (the Nissan LMP2 engines put out around 450 horsepower).

Pictured above is a Mazda-powered Lola, which we can assume is what the Dempsey team will be racing. It's not the 787B, but it's nice to see more signs of life from Mazda.