Rotary could return in both sports car and extended-range EV, says Mazda exec

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Rotary engine

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Mazda is dedicated to the rotary, although whether or not the distinctive engine design is used to immediately energy a sports activities automobile or function a range-extender for an electrical automobile stays to be seen.

Mazda has hinted at each choices lately however to date has tended to flip-flop between the 2.

Now, although, a senior Mazda government has hinted that each choices could possibly be on the desk.

Talking with Automotive Information (subscription required), Mitsuo Hitomi, head of powertrains at Mazda, mentioned a rotary will “most likely” do obligation as a range-extender in an electrical automobile. Nonetheless, he additionally mentioned a rotary to energy a sports activities automobile can also be being developed.

Mazda 2 RE Range Extender concept

Mazda 2 RE Vary Extender idea

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Mazda will introduce an electrical automobile in 2019. Akira Kyomen, who’s heading improvement of the automobile, instructed Automotive Information that the electrical automobile will include a range-extender choice. Based mostly on Hitomi’s feedback, it’s attainable the range-extender Mazda makes use of will probably be a rotary.

Mazda has already proven an electrical automobile with a rotary range-extender, the Mazda2 RE Vary Extender idea unveiled in 2013. Its rotary was a single-rotor zero.33-liter unit that with a full tank of gasoline may present 111 miles of vary. On batteries alone the idea may journey 124 miles.

As for a rotary-powered sports activities automobile, Hitomi mentioned it wasn’t the know-how holding again the automobile however the enterprise case. Apparently, that is in distinction to his feedback made only a month in the past that Mazda couldn’t get its newest rotary engine, known as SkyActiv-R, to fulfill emission rules.

This month’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Present will mark the 50th anniversary of the disclosing of the Cosmo 110S sports activities automobile, Mazda’s first rotary-powered automobile. It’s anticipated that Mazda will preview a rotary-powered automobile of some kind at this 12 months’s Tokyo Motor Present to mark the anniversary after which introduce the manufacturing model in 2020 to mark the corporate’s 100th anniversary. The Tokyo Motor Present begins October 25, so keep tuned.

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