The Moscow Motor Show was a good opportunity for Mazda boss Takashi Yamanouchi to reaffirm the automaker’s commitment to the rotary engine.
Takashi Yamanouchi also announced the company’s plans to launch next year a new range of cars that will feature the rotary engine and also the further development of the rotary applications for the future sports cars. There are rumors that the future after production of the RX-8 will not feature the rotary engine. Yamanouchi didn’t say if the range extended car will be based on an existing vehicle or it will be new. He only declared that initially it will be leased in Japan.
“We are still learning, ” he said. “The rotary has very good dynamic performance, but if you accelerate and brake a lot there are efficiency disadvantages. The range extender overcomes that. We can keep it spinning at its most efficient 2000rpm while also taking advantage of its size.”
Mazda has tested the petrol and hydrogen driven range extended motors before and research for future used of this type of engines has been made before Yamanouchi joined the company in 1967. He said that the rotary engine made him take the decision of joining the automaker.