Currently reading: Moscow motor show 2012: Mazda commits to rotary
Mazda will launch a range extended car next year, and will continue development of rotary engines
Jim Holder
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29 August 2012

Speaking at the Moscow motor show, Mazda boss Takashi Yamanouchi has reaffirmed the company's commitment to the rotary engine. He revealed plans to launch a new range extended car using the engine next year, and to keep developing rotary applications for use in future sports cars.

Concerns had been raised that the rotary engine would not be part of Mazda's future after production of the RX-8 ended in June. However, although he would not reveal whether the range extended car will be new or based on an existing vehicle, Yamanouchi revealed it will only be leased in Japan initially.

"We are still learning," he said. "the rotary has very good dynamic performance, but if you accelerate and brake a lot there are efficiency disadvantages. The range extender overcomes that. We can keep it spinning at it's most efficient 2000rpm while also taking advantage of it's size."

Mazda has previously explored petrol and hydrogen driven range extended motors.

Yamanouchi also revealed that research into future uses of rotary engines would continue so long as he worked at Mazda.

"When I joined the company in 1967, it was the rotary engine that motivated my decision," he said. "We continue to explore ways to improve the fuel efficiency and capabilities of the rotary engine so it can be the primary power source of a car again."

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29 August 2012

to hear that Wankel engine has its second chance!

29 August 2012

I simply LOVE this engine. My old man had an Ro80 which astounded me. It was so quiet so spacious and damned if it didnt beat everything else from the lights!

Then three years ago I drove an RX8 belonging to a friend, wow that opened my eyes. It is classed as a 1300cc which for most countries dips under all tax brackets. The problem is emissions and consumption. They seem to have cracked the reliability issues - the one I drove had 140,000 km on the clock and was still as tight as a drum! ...oh and the design..loved it.

29 August 2012

This is exciting. Rotary engines, SkyActive-technology, laser ignition (in the future) and their method of saving weight. Mazdas engineers should be proud!

I hope the firm survives for many years to come.

29 August 2012

I loved the RX8 and was so nearly swayed to buy it except for the rather below par fuel consumption and high emmissions.  I just loved the rev range.

30 August 2012


Quote:

Then three years ago I drove an RX8 belonging to a friend, wow that opened my eyes. It is classed as a 1300cc which for most countries dips under all tax brackets.

except the UK... classed as a 2.6 on all fronts (£145/£200 for 6 months road tax depending on when it was registered)

It is however a glorious drive - effortless on motorways and engaging on b-road blasts.  Biggrin


Long live the rotary

 

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