You know how Mazda proud with its SKYACTIV engine, right? Not only it is fuel-efficient, but also delivers frugal performance. But, before Mazda developed the SKYACTIV, the Japanese carmaker was relying the engine and performance on the rotary engine. Back in the days where the RX-8 had its glory and Mazda turning its head into something more efficient and eco-friendly; the days that kind of disappoint the Mazda’s fans. Now, the reason why rotary engine is no longer used and has to be replaced by SKYACTIV is the efficiency and the reliability.
It seems like Mazda has sort the things out as the Japanese carmaker reportedly going to reborn the rotary engine as they apply new technology development which rumored to settle the aforementioned problems. According to autoevolution.com, Mazda General Manager of Powertrain Development – Mitsuo Mitomi hinted that the company wants to finish the development on rotary engine unit where it matches the future demand on fuel efficiency and emissions standards.
Hitomi stated that the engineers as Mazda’s R&D found a way to improve the fuel efficiency ability on rotary engine which equals to the conventional piston engines. If the development on the rotary engine is finished, Mazda is not going to keep the new developed rotary engine for themselves, but reintroducing will be the best choice. Furthermore, our aforementioned source reported that the development on the rotary engine is modifying the shape of the troichoid.
This way, Mazda’s rotary engine is able to flush the housing for more performance and better fuel efficiency. It is also the cure of the sealing issue which Mazda faces on the rotary engine since its inception. Mazda also upgraded the ignition system on the rotary engine and that is about it what we can share with you about the reborn of the rotary engine. The question is, what kind of vehicle that Mazda is planning to power with the newly redeveloped rotary engine? Could it be the new RX model?