Mazda will bring the rotary engine idea back to life. Such engines will be used as range extenders for electric cars.
After years of speculation and all kinds of industry buzz, it looks like Mazda will start making rotary engines again, according to Engine1.
We are not talking here about a revitalization of the engine in a performance form, as we could see on the famous RX-7, for example. This time, the purpose of this type of engine will be a more modest one. It will debut in the new version of the MX-30 SUV. It will be called the MX-30 R-EV and will use a Wankel rotary engine as a generator to increase the car’s range.
Mazda will once again use rotary engines
The MX-30’s range isn’t the greatest, and Mazda hopes that such a range extender will compensate for the small battery capacity. The car, in its normal form, develops 145 horses and has an autonomy of about 200 kilometers. In the urban regime, it can grow.
It is a small SUV, intended for the urban environment. However, it doesn’t have the greatest range in the world. The generator engine could be a good solution to get more kilometers of autonomy.
No official data is known about the capacity of the new thermal engine. We’ll see if the car’s power will increase and how this new drive train will affect the overall mass of the car.
The company has been flirting for some time with the idea of revitalizing this type of engine to use it as a range extender. Then everything became official in 2021. The Wankel-powered Mazda MX-30 R-EV will debut at the Brussels Motor Show on January 13, 2023.
Who knows, maybe we will see more such initiatives in the future, especially if the idea that Mazda is going to implement will bear fruit.
Source: Promotor by www.promotor.ro.
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