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Rotary engine confirmed to return

By Faiming_low on 26 Oct 2017 in New model, New technology

Attached Image Mazda's Managing Executive Officer who oversees engine development has admitted that they are going to bring back the rotary engine.

According to Autocar, which did an interview with Mitsuo Hitomi at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda's rotary engine comeback will be acting as a range extender in an upcoming electric model slated for 2019.

Hitomi explained that the rotary engine isn’t particularly efficient to use as a range extender but when they turn on a rotary, it is much, much quieter compared to other manufacturers’ range-extenders.

Fans of the rotary engine will also be happy to hear that Mazda is still in the process of developing a standalone rotary engine which has been chosen to go into any future models. Hitomi said, "Even if there isn’t a plan to have it in an actual product, of course we are developing a rotary engine alone."

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Written by Faiming_low
Since young, Fai Ming has always centered his life around cars. In fact his first word was 'car' and not 'mum' or 'dad'. Aren't kids cute?



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Jamesc Oct 29 2017 05:34 PM
Return of the wankel :)
Sdf4786k Oct 30 2017 09:49 AM

wonder why after so much disadvantage like engine oil burning, heat in the cabin as well as poor FC and emission would they continue to spend RnD money on this.

 

One thing for sure, they have a never say die attitude

ReggieChen Oct 30 2017 11:51 AM
Doubt Singapore will bring it in :(
Watwheels Oct 31 2017 08:13 AM

The key words here are "acting as a range extender", meaning it's a secondary power unit to charge the EV's battery pack. Much like the Fisker Karma. It's not powering the car.

It's not even a combined gasoline-electric hybrid like the NSX, so be prepared to be disappointed. All its disadvantages are killing it.

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