The creator of rotary engines Mazda diedDecember 27, 2017
In Japan, at the age of 95, engineer Kenichi Yamamoto passed away. Specialist was the leading developer of Mazda cars with rotary engines.
Kenichi Yamamoto, who was one of the creators of the Mazda rotary engines, died in Japan. The engineer was 95 years old. He was buried in the presence of only relatives and friends.
Initially, the Yamamoto team in Mazda numbered 47 people. The first car of the Japanese brand with a rotary engine was Cosmo Sport. This machine was introduced back in 1964, but mass production started only after three years. In 1985 Kenichi Yamamoto became president of Mazda.
Earlier it was reported that the company Mazda plans to develop a serial version of the new model RX-9 with a rotary engine. The premiere of such car could take place in 2019 at the Tokyo Motor Show. According to unofficial data, the planned capacity of the unit is about 450 horsepower. The novelty was to become a serial embodiment of the RX-VISION concept.
However, later information appeared that the rotary engine could be used in future only in hybrid power plants, where it will work together with an electric motor.