Mazda might change its Wankel engines

Posted on Monday, 11 June 2012 , 16:06:52 byIulia

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Mazda might change its Wankel engines

Carmaker Mazda has been using the Wankel rotary engine since the 1960s, managing to improve the concept over the past 50 years. The specialists have used it both for racing and road cars. The results were different as expected, sometimes being a good idea, sometimes not. Unfortunately, the bad news is that it needs too much fuel and the return advantages are quite inexistent, even if it is a very complex development. To be more precise, here is an example. The engine was used in the Mazda RX-8 and the fuel consumption was indicating 17 liters / 100 km inside the town. Just for the sake of comparison, well, this Wankel rotary engine got very bad results. Until now, the specialists from Mazda used it a lot, but it seems that now it will be used as a hydrogen-powered range extender for a yet-unknown hybrid, that apparently will have limited availability as a lease, in 2013. The engineers are doing their best to save it as it has a lot of advantages like the easy way of making it safe and compact. Unfortunately for the carmaker, they have to be quite quick, especially on a market like the automotive one, where the demands are higher each day and where carmakers everywhere are always ready to please their customers. Mazda has to come up with a more competitive fuel-efficient alternative, if not with an electric variant. It seems that the Japanese automaker registered losses of EUR1-billion in 2011, but that now plan to turn it into a EUR95-million profit before the end of the 2012 fiscal year. No chances are lost, especially now that have joined forces with Fiat and have the Skyactive program. All we have to do now is wait and see what will they do next.


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