Mazda rotary is back
Mazda shows next generation spinning engine at Tokyo
WHILE the Lexus LF-FC flagship concept took centre stage at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show and Nissan’s futuristic Leaf showed how forthcoming technologies will revolutionise the relationship between car and driver, it was Mazda’s old rotary engine in the RX-Vision that the petrolheads salivating.
Mazda said the rotary engine is a symbol of the company’s “never stop challenging” spirit and the RX-Vision represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with exquisite, Kodo design-based proportions, all powered by the next-gener- ation Skyactiv-R rotary engine.
Rotary engines feature a unique construction, generating power through the rotational motion of a triangular rotor.
Overcoming numerous technical difficulties, Mazda succeeded in commercialising the rotary engine, fitting it in the Mazda 110S in 1967.
As the only automaker to mass-prohad duce the rotary engine, Mazda continued efforts to improve power output, fuel economy and durability, and in 1991 took overall victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans with a rotary engine-powered race car.
Over the years, the rotary engine has come to symbolise Mazda’s creativity and tireless endeavour in the face of difficult challenges. While mass production is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine.
The next rotary engine has been named Skyactiv-R, expressing the company’s determination to defy convention with the latest technology, just as it did when developing Skayctiv technology.
The rotary is back, and with it, Mazda at its best, in the RX-Vision sports car concept.
Nissan’s futuristic Leaf front and rear.
The LF-FC flagship is a hybrid that shows where Lexus is aiming at.