Mazda to bring back rotary engine
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