Tesla will get numerous flak for its delays in promised know-how, however the electrical automobile firm seems like a straight-A pupil subsequent to Mazda which has been has been speaking about reviving the rotary engine going again to the demise of the RX-Eight sports activities automobile in 2012.
Mazda says it’s dedicated to the rotary, although the automaker has flip-flopped over whether or not the engine will likely be used to energy a sports activities automobile or just function a range-extender for an electrical automobile. We have seen ideas for each, and simply final yr a Mazda govt stated the corporate might find yourself going with each choices.
Now Mazda’s gross sales chief in Europe, Martijn ten Brink, has revealed to Dutch group AutoRAI that Mazda’s electrical automobile launching in 2019 will likely be accessible with a rotary range-extender. The exec stated the electrical automobile will likely be based mostly on the identical underpinnings because the next-generation Mazda three, and hinted crossover physique model would make sense.
We even have a couple of particulars on the rotary range-extender itself from ten Brink’s interview. He stated it might be a single-rotor engine and not using a turbocharger. He additionally stated the compact design ought to take up no more room than two shoe bins, and due to the smoothness of the rotary engine, drivers of Mazda’s electrical automobile might not even discover when the engine is working.
Mazda has already proven an electrical automobile with a rotary range-extender: the Mazda 2 RE Vary Extender idea unveiled in 2013. Its rotary was a single-rotor zero.33-liter unit that with a full tank of gasoline might present an extra 111 miles of vary. Primarily based on ten Brink’s feedback, it is probably an identical setup will function in Mazda’s electrical automobile due subsequent yr.
Sadly, ten Brink did not have something to say on a rotary-powered sports activities automobile from Mazda. The Japanese agency has struggled with assembly emissions laws with high-performance functions of its rotary engine. The corporate has additionally described constructing the enterprise case for a sports activities automobile as one other problem. These are two main components standing in the best way of a brand new rotary-powered sports activities automobile.
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