Earlier this month, we reported that Mazda remains to be all for bringing again the rotary engine, however in the mean time, it must concentrate on income. So, regardless of earlier rumors that an RX-9 had been greenlit for manufacturing, don’t count on a manufacturing rotary sports activities automobile anytime quickly. Nonetheless, that gained’t cease Mazda from constructing yet one more rotary sports activities automobile idea like 2015’s RX Concept (proven above).
Chatting with AutoExpress, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda’s vice chairman of analysis and improvement, stated we’ll see this new rotary idea on the Tokyo Motor Present. “With the Tokyo Motor Present, we will probably be introducing a brand new design idea. You may consider it as an evolution of theme of the RX Imaginative and prescient,” he stated.
However does this imply Mazda’s lastly discovered a enterprise case for the RX-9? Not essentially. “Once we introduce an idea our intention from the engineering and design neighborhood is to make it a actuality,” Tanaka stated. “What I’ll say is that we’re making the utmost efforts to try to make this a chance.”
As a result of gas financial system is historically one of many rotary engine’s weak factors, you would possibly assume Mazda plans to make use of its new one as a variety extender for an electrical sports activities automobile. However ultimately 12 months’s Los Angles Auto Present, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, Mazda’s head of R&D, instructed AutoExpress that whereas he acknowledges that hybrid expertise might finally discover its means into rotary sports activities automobiles, he needs to carry off so long as potential.
“I wish to introduce the brand new rotary engine with out electrification as a result of I believe that’s what the rotary engine followers will need,” he stated.
If Mazda can’t develop the breakthrough it’s stated it must put the rotary engine again into manufacturing, although, it might be compelled to embrace electrification. In any other case, it’ll most likely be a very long time earlier than it may possibly make a enterprise case for the RX-9.