Yes, it's official. It's really happening.
Since it looks like Mazda may very well revive the Wankel rotary engine as a range extender for electric cars, there's no better time to become reacquainted with the quirky internal-combustion engine. And there's hardly a better way to become reacquainted than by peering into a running rotary engine, which you can do with the video above.
Mazda's prepping a small rotary engine to serve as a range extender in an autonomous Toyota delivery vehicle.
There's evidence that it will happen.
It's still unlikely, but somewhat less so.
And like any dream, it probably won't be there when we wake up.
The stunning Mazda RX-Vision Concept appears to be just a tease.
Would you pay $79,000 for a Mazda? What if it could dance like Michael Jackson and sprint like Usain Bolt? Yes, the answer is definitely yes.
Jay Leno's Garage focuses on a '66 Bug with the heart of a 1990 Mazda RX-7.
It's not a Wankel, but it is installed in a go-kart. LiquidPiston's X Mini engine gets a micro-scale workout in this video.
Mazda's drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager wants the company's revived rotary engine to be turbocharged.
Every few months, it seems a rumor crops up about plans from Mazda to revive the rotary engine. Last November, its CEO said the only way another one could happen is if the project was profitable, and then a month later the automaker showed off the Mazda2 RE Range Extender with a 330cc Wankel engine mounted in the rear. Now, Australian auto site Motoring reports that the PHEV may actually make production in the next-gen Mazda2 sometime after it's initial launch.
Every story dealing with a new rotary engine from Mazda lands in a different place on the matrix of possibilities between "Coming soon!" and "Never gonna happen!" In 2011 it was speculated that the rotary engineering program would be shut down with the demise of the RX-8, in 2012 the program was still alive and taking lessons from the SkyActiv engines, in August 2013 a Mazda insider said a rotary engine called 16X would be here in two years, in November the CEO said the only way we'd ever get a
We have some very sad news to report, rotor-heads fans: Don't expect a new rotary-powered vehicle anytime soon. This comes straight from Masamichi Kogai, the CEO of Mazda, which is the only company to ever market a commercially successful rotary-powered automobile in the world. The issue, as it has pretty much always been, is environmental.
We last reported on Mazda's next-generation rotary engine project in June of 2012 when the automaker built its last Renesis-powered RX-8, but rumors of this new engine's development had been around way before that final car left the production line in Japan, last year.
There is a special place in our hearts reserved for the Mazda RX-7. Its screaming rotary engine made the '80s and '90s a time of high-revving fun. While Mazda continued the rotary with the four-door RX-8, the two are not the same car, and eventually the latter was phased out.