Mazda bring back the rotary engine as a range-extending hybrid

Mazda will bring back its famous rotary engine as a range extender, because it is much, much quieter” than the other, according to the manufacturer, the engine boss Mitsuo Hitomi.

The Japanese firm, the range has not submitted a rotary-engine road car since the RX-8 went out of production in 2012, but is known to have been interested by the re-introduction of the technology. Mazda RX-Vision Concept, which was presented at the Tokyo motor show in 2015, has used such a powertrain.

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However, Hitomi has now confirmed that, rather than being used in its purest form, a rotary engine will appear in a range extender version of its first electric vehicle with a maturity in 2019.

When asked at the Tokyo motor show if Mazda has been developing stand-alone, rotary engine, Hitomi said: “Even if there is not a plan to have it in a real product, of course, we are developing a rotary engine alone.” It is strongly suggested that a rotary-engine-powered model is likely to exist at the side of the range extender in the future.

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Asked why Mazda is going to use a rotary engine as a range extender, Hitomi said, “the rotary engine is not particularly efficient for use as a range extender, but when we turn on a rotary, it is much, much more calm compared to other manufacturers of ” range-extender”, which is apparently adapted to the near-silence of electric cars.

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Mazda’s recent motor, emphasis has been placed on the development of the compression ignition Skyactiv-X gasoline engines, which the company believes can be as clean as an electric powertrain on a car the life. He has also worked on the electrification of the versions of this powertrain.

Mazda’s first rotary engine car was the grand tourer Cosmo, which was presented at the Tokyo motor show in 1963 and went into production in 1967. The company has developed a rotary engine Wankel, with the help of the German company called NSU. Rotary engines, which use rotors instead of pistons, are generally smaller and lighter than traditional gasoline engines, without any loss of power.

Since the RX-8 ended production, the company not only the machines have a rotary engine were the race cars at the Us Pro Mazda single-seater junior.

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