Mazda rotary engine pushes onward to meet emissions standards


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Mazda is facing with meeting the emissions standards, and it is not giving up its rotary engine development just yet. It vowed to never give up on its longtime investment of the Wankel engine. “We will never give up,” says Mitsuo Hitomi, general manager of Mazda’s powertrain division when speaking about the Mazda’s future of investment decision towards the rotary engine.

Although this is good news to the rotary engine enthusiasts all over the world, but it will be a difficult road ahead for Mazda on its rotary engine. Evidently, the new updated version named 1.6-liter 16X rotary motor is not able to satisfy emissions requirements set by the engineering crew at Mazda. Even though it is 30 percent considerably more fuel efficient than the earlier enesis rotary engine, somehow, it is still not efficient enough to meet future emissions standards set by both the European Union and the United States.

Apparently, the Wankel rotary engine is well-known for its thirst for fuel, and Mazda has managed to some extent reduced the fuel consumption with the 1.6-liter 16X iteration. Again, Mazda is not about give up that easily on its long time investment into the rotary power. So push on is Mazda’s new motto on the rotary engine; it is persistently to get the 1.6-liter 16X engine to successfully meet emissions targets. Hitomi responds, “Maybe within two years we can tell you when we will introduce it to the market.”

But in the meantime, we won’t get to see any new revision of the Mazda RX-8 anytime soon.

Source: Automotive News