Hot on the heels of the news we brought you regarding the possibility of an enlarged rotary engine in the Mazda RX8, called the Renesis 2, now we hear that the Mazda folks will also be showing off a revised flex-fuel capable RX8 capable of running on gasoline and hydrogen. Not only that, but the car sounds like it'll be a hybrid too. You may recall that Mazda already has RX8s running around the streets powered by hydrogen (see related posts below), but we're pretty sure that this is the first we've heard of one of them getting a hybrid powertrain too. The idea of adding an electric motor to a car with a rotary engine sounds pretty good. Rotaries are known for making lots of horsepower high up in their (stratospheric) rev-range. Electric motors are known for making excellent torque right off idle. Therefore, a hybrid RX8 is likely to be quite a performer, in addition to the likely gas savings. Hey Mazda - looking for any field-testers by chance? Please?
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[Source: What Car via Autoblog]