The new Mazda RX-9 will receive an electrified power plantNovember 25, 2019
According to company executives, the business case for the Mazda RX-9 sports car with a rotary engine has become even more robust thanks to the development of a new rotary unit designed for use on electrified power plants.
Rumors have been circulating for a long time about the introduction of the new RX-9, as the 2015 RX-Vision concept was supposed to mark the intention of the Japanese automaker to release an excellent sports car with a rotary engine. Such a car has not yet appeared, but the revival of the Mazda rotary engine for electrifying the model range means that the argument for the RX-9 becomes much more convincing.
The new rotary engine will debut for the first time in a new modification of the Mazda MX-30, which has recently been presented as an electric car. However, the rotary engine can also be used for interchangeable hybrids, and it works with some other fuels, including liquefied petroleum gas and hydrogen, which means that over time it can be used by many Mazda vehicles.
Mazda Research and Development Manager Ichiro Hirose said: “The universal rotary engine is the primary solution for electrification technologies. Using a rotary engine in various ways, we can increase economic efficiency – this means that we can reduce the obstacles to installing a rotary motor on a sports car. I really want us to be able to justify this car. Of course, we have this dream. ”
Increasingly strict emission legislation means that the rotary engine RX-9 will need some form of electrification. “If we just look at the rotary engine to meet the current environmental requirements from a technological point of view, it will be difficult for him to meet them. Mazda is considering combining different technologies in our cars. If we look at some suitable combination [for a sports car], then that might be a good solution. “
Although the car has not been officially approved, Mazda has recently filed a patent for a chassis design for a space-frame-like design that contains the characteristics most characteristic of sports cars. They include a double wishbone front suspension and a relatively small engine compartment, which is ideal for a compact rotary engine, as well as lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic and aluminum elements that are applied throughout the structure.
The Japanese brand has a long history of producing cars with a rotary engine, but did not have a single one in its lineup, since the RX-8 went out of production in 2012.
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