Mazda’s boss Takashi Yamanouchi has reiterated his company’s commitment to rotary engine technology.
Speaking during his keynote speech at the start of the Los Angeles motor show today, Yamanouchi confirmed: “I’m very attached to the rotary engine. So long as I am president then research and development in this area will continue.”
Mazda has remained a champion of the rotary engine, despite having to overcome major issues such as fuel economy, weight, torque delivery and increasingly stringent emissions laws.
The Mazda RX-8 was withdrawn from Europe because its twin-rotor engine could not meet Euro 5 emissions regulations, and meeting Euro 6 laws is a big challenge for the company’s rotary engine R&D team.
Mazda wants to reduce the weight of all its cars by 100kg within five years, and another big test is to reduce the weight of the rotary powerplant while improving the other variables.
In 2007 – 40 years after it first introduced its innovative new power source to the industry – the Japanese car firm started work on the next-generation 16X Renesis unit.