Mazda Revs Up Rotary Engine Development Again

So, here’s the latest scoop on Mazda’s rotary engines – straight from the horse’s mouth, not some random auto gossip! Brace yourselves because Mazda just dropped the news about firing up a brand spanking new division to fast-track their research and development of rotary engines.

Rotaries for the Future: More Than Just Sports Cars?

Hold your horses, though; we’re not jumping into the realm of rotary sports cars just yet. Mazda, in its quirky way, decided to kickstart the RE Development Group. Yeah, it’s nestled within the Powertrain Technology Development Department of the Powertrain Development Division – quite the mouthful, huh? Anyway, this new gang in town will be diving deep into the world of rotary tech but with a twist – as generators, also known as EV range extenders.

Now, before you start picturing these rotary wonders as the heart and soul of new Mazda rides, let’s pump the brakes. Mazda’s keeping it a bit mysterious, not explicitly confirming if these engines will be the main act in their upcoming vehicles. So, it’s a bit like waiting for the jury’s verdict on whether this is a game-changer or just another technical experiment.

But, wait, there’s a glimmer of hope! Mazda’s Chief Technology Officer, Ichiro Hirose, dropped some tantalizing hints. He said, “This time, 36 engineers will gather in one group to make a breakthrough in the research and development of RE. In the age of electrification and in a carbon-neutral society, we promise to keep delivering attractive cars that excite customers with our ‘challenger spirit.'” Exciting rotary-powered cars, anyone?

Mazda’s journey into electrification has been a bit of a rollercoaster, especially in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Remember the electric MX-30 with its modest 100 miles of range? It came and went in just two years. But fear not, the rotary revival had a teaser – a rotary range extender in global markets. And there’s more: the new three-row CX-90 and the freshly revealed two-row CX-70, both rocking a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Now, the rotary engine hasn’t been the star of the show for Mazda since bidding adieu to the RX-8 in 2012. That ride didn’t exactly give the rotary engine a hero’s farewell, thanks to a bunch of issues. So, while the idea of rotary range extenders might not set the world on fire, let’s cut Mazda some slack for still fine-tuning the tech. Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, down the road, we’ll be cruising in a Mazda rotary hybrid sports car that’ll make us forget all about the past.