Why does Mazda test the sports model RX-8 on the Nurburgring?July 25, 2019
Can a Japanese company begin to develop the long-awaited receiver of a sports model RX-8 with a rotary engine. So far, nothing has been officially confirmed.
Mazda’s continued interest in the revival of the era of rotary engines is a real mystery that even Mulder and Scully from the X-Files series cannot unravel. The Japanese automaker showed the RX-8, the last production car with a rotary engine back in 2012. While the automaker says that it “dreams” of a sports car with a rotary power unit, teasing fans of the RX model with such an opportunity, the probability of such an event is still zero.
But still, Mazda’s patent applications that were filed earlier this year show that the Japanese are continuing to develop this technology.
And now there is a new video from tests of disguised prototypes of the sports car Mazda RX-8, which passed a series of high-speed tests at the Nurburgring racetrack. Seven years after the release of the model, the video adds more “more fuel to the fire” of debates about the possibility of reviving rotary engines.
So why is the Mazda experiencing two sports cars RX-8 on the track? A more likely scenario is the use of this car as a prototype for testing the range of hybrid installations. The fact that Mazda is still developing the rotary engine, even registering patents with improvements to the design of the RX sports car, gives some hope of returning it in one form or another.
The two test mules of the Mazda RX-8 were probably equipped with a new power unit, possibly a rotary type. But until Mazda releases official information about the rotary engine, whether it is a range extender or the only power plant in a new sports car, all we can do is to speculate.
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