Mazda to bring back ro­tary en­gine

Autocar - - PARIS MOTOR SHOW -

Mazda has con­firmed that it will launch its first two elec­tri­fied cars in 2020: a fully elec­tric model and a ro­tary-en­gined hy­brid range-ex­ten­der. It will be the first time that a ro­tary en­gine has fea­tured in any pro­duc­tion car since 2012, when the Mazda RX-8 went off sale.

The new mo­tor will be able to run on liq­ue­fied petroleum gas (LPG), sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the cost of own­er­ship, and the firm’s en­gine boss, Mit­suo Hit­omi, pre­vi­ously told Au­to­car it would be “much, much qui­eter” than other range-ex­tend­ing hy­brids.

Mazda be­lieves that the en­gine’s small size and com­par­a­tively high out­put make it eas­ier to in­clude mul­ti­ple “elec­tri­fi­ca­tion so­lu­tions”, sug­gest­ing it could run along­side a se­ries of elec­tric mo­tors.

RX-8: last to use a ro­tary mo­tor

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