Mazda Revives the Rotary for Mazda2 Range Extender

Mazda Revives the Rotary for Mazda2 Range Extender
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Despite reports that Mazda has shelved plans for a next-generation rotary engine, the Japanese automaker unveiled a Mazda2 hybrid that utilizes a rotary engine that recharges the vehicle’s battery. Continue Reading...

Mazda Will Continue to Develop Rotary Engines

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Mazda Will Continue to Develop Rotary Engines
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Mazda is committing to fuel economy with its new SkyActiv technology, which was expected to render the companies rotary engine lineup defunct. Not so says Mazda, confirming that development continues on the next generation of rotary.  Continue Reading...

Mazda Rotary Engine Returning thanks to Breakthrough

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Mazda Rotary Engine Returning thanks to Breakthrough
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It would have been easy to write rotary engines off the speculative books at Mazda — poor milage and questionable long-term reliability made traditional piston engines seem favorable to many.  Yet against the odds, the Japanese automaker seems to have found a formula to keep the smooth-spinning screamer alive in its lineup. Mitsuo Hitomi, general manager of… Continue Reading...

Mazda RX-8 Spirit R Signals End Of Rotary Engine, 1,000 To Be Made

Mazda RX-8 Spirit R Signals End Of Rotary Engine, 1,000 To Be Made
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The Mazda RX-8’s production run has already ended for much of the world, but Japan is sending off the last rotary engine equipped sports car (for the time being) with a special run of 1,000 cars dubbed the “Spirit R”. Special badging, red brake calipers, Recaro seats and 18″ wheels are the main highlights of… Continue Reading...

Mazda RX-8 Production Ends

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Mazda RX-8 Production Ends
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Mazda has announced the cancellation of production to its RX-8 rotary engine sports car, because of falling sales and stringent global emissions standards. Production in Hiroshima, Japan, ended in early July and global sales of the car will conclude later this year. The RX-8 and the three generations of the RX-7 that preceded it, have… Continue Reading...

Le Mans Winning Mazda 787B To Partake In Goodwood Festival Of Speed Hill Climb

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Le Mans Winning Mazda 787B To Partake In Goodwood Festival Of Speed Hill Climb
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The famous 1991 24-Hours of Le Mans winner, the Mazda 787B will be featured at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Ex-Formula 1 driver and Le Mans veteran Mike Wilds and current Mazda works driver Mark Ticehurst will be racing the 787B up the hallowed Goodwood hill for the festival this weekend. The race car… Continue Reading...

There Is Still A Future For The Mazda Rotary Engine

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There Is Still A Future For The Mazda Rotary Engine
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With the passing of the Mazda RX-8 this year, many believe this might be the end of the famous wankel-rotary engine, especially since there is no replacement model in sight. The rotary engine might be down for now, but don’t count it out just yet, as Mazda is now developing a new rotary engine, with… Continue Reading...

Mazda Continuing to Develop Rotary Engine, Possible Audi Partnership in the Works

Mazda Continuing to Develop Rotary Engine, Possible Audi Partnership in the Works
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Rotaries may seem like a thing of the past these days, especially with Mazda preparing to retire the RX-8. But the Wankel-powered sports car won’t be the last Mazda to get the odd powerplant, thanks in part to a recent breakthrough. A recently big step forward for Mazda’s engineers is a newly developed laser ignition… Continue Reading...

Ferrari Dino Kit Car With Mazda Rotary Power Found on eBay

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Ferrari Dino Kit Car With Mazda Rotary Power Found on eBay
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Even though this isn’t a genuine 1972 Ferrari Dino 245 GT, the Magnum kit car makes for a great replica. Most interesting about this entire replica is the fact that it sports a 13B rotary powerplant under the hood with a turbocharger paired to it. The entire combination is mated to a 914 transmission and… Continue Reading...

Mazda Not Working On RX-9, RX-7 Rebirth A Possibility

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Mazda Not Working On RX-9, RX-7 Rebirth A Possibility
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Bad news for Mazda rotary engine enthusiasts – the company has no plans to build the RX-9 hybrid sports car, contrary to recent rumors. Even worse, minimal sales of the RX8 may jeopardize the Mazda rotary engine all together. Production of the Mazda RX-8 is drawing to a close, with U.S sales of just 291… Continue Reading...

Mazda: “We Will Never Give Up” On Rotary Engine

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Mazda: “We Will Never Give Up” On Rotary Engine
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Mazda is still developing their next-generation rotary engine, dubbed the 16X, but development has been slowed by a number of issues, among them the engine’s failure to meet emissions targets. Even though the 16X is expected to bring a 30 percent increase in fuel economy compared to the current 1.3L rotary engine, the 16X is… Continue Reading...

Fourth-Gen Mazda MX5 To Go Rotary-Hybrid? Not So Fast

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Fourth-Gen Mazda MX5 To Go Rotary-Hybrid? Not So Fast
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We’ve heard of people swapping Mazda rotary engines into older Miatas, but if reports out of Japan are to be believed, the next MX-5, due out in 2012, will come standard with an all new, super efficient rotary engine – as well as a hybrid system. 7Tune is reporting that an article in the Japanese… Continue Reading...

Report: GM Investigating Rotary Engine For Next Chevrolet Volt

Report: GM Investigating Rotary Engine For Next Chevrolet Volt
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File this one under “completely out of left field.” GM engineers are looking for any possible way to cut costs from their Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and anything is currently on the table. Among the possibilities being investigated is a rotary engine, a powerplant long abandoned by nearly every automaker except Mazda, who still produces… Continue Reading...

Pour One Out For A Homie: Mazda RX8 To Die After 2011

Pour One Out For A Homie: Mazda RX8 To Die After 2011
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The Mazda RX8 has led a rich, full life as one of the finest sports cars you can buy for under $40,000. Never the quickest car in a straight line, the RX8 was always a dominant car in autocross, and a good way to put a smile on your face when blasting down a back… Continue Reading...
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