The work on the rotary engine indicates Mazda is trying to recreate its iconic RX sports car series.
Mazda engineers are still working on rotary engines. The focus on the rotary engines is underway using the Wankel technology. The step indicates Mazda still wishes to bring back its RX series of sports cars.
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The RX8 cars stopped production in 2012 after failing to meet emission standards. The Japanese automaker Mazda made the decision as a result of ever-tightening emissions regulations. Mazda did try to bring back the car by developing a prototype turbocharged RX-8.
But even the prototype failed to meet European requirements. The Japanese sales alone were not sufficient for development so it was also discontinued.
At the Frankfurt International Motor Show the president of Mazda shared some news. Masamichi Kogai is the president of the Japanese automaker Mazda. According to Kogai, Mazda’s engineering team is still working on a rotary engine. Kogai revealed the staff is very enthusiastic in making the rotary engines technology up to the piston engine standards.
For Mazda it means improvements in CO2 emissions and torque levels. Kogai also shared Mazda will not bring back its rotary engines if they are not up to the standard. Kogai did not confirm a timeline for the return of the RX8, according to AutoCar.
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It’s safe to assume if the RX8 makes a comeback it will be around 2018. Since Mazda will celebrate 40th anniversary of the RX-7 in 2018. Mazda is also using its rotary engine technology in different fields. The technology is being used by Mazda in range extender hybrid systems.