Mazda is known as the only company which mass-produce cars which run on rotary engine. It was back in 1967 when Mazda has successfully commercialised the rotary engine by fitting it in the Cosmo Sport which also known as Mazda 110S overseas.
Since then Mazda continued to research and enhance the rotary engine to improve power output, fuel economy and durability. In 1991, it took victory in 24 Hours of Le Mans with a rotary engine-powered race car. Rotary engine has become a symbol for Mazda’s creativity and tireless effort in facing difficulties. In 2002, Mazda has stopped using rotary engine on its car model when the company mass-produced RX7 model.
Recently, Mazda has unveiled a new car with a rotary engine which is named Mazda RX-Vision concept in Tokyo, The new car concept is a front engine, rear wheel drive sports car which uses Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-R rotary engine. SKYACTIV-R is seen as the company’s effort towards developing rotary engine again. After RX7, the company has never stopped researching on it. However, the mass production is currently on hold.
It is still unknown when the new sports car will go into production. Stay tuned for the next update!