The rotary engine is in for a revival, or so it might seem based on a tweet posted – in Japanese by the PR folks at Mazda headquarters in Hiroshima.
It suggests a “new model with next-generation rotary engine” is in the works, confirming a report by TheDetroitBureau.com several months ago.
At the time, the senior executive on the maker’s new SkyActiv program, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, told TDB he was continuing to work on the Wankel engine almost as a skunk works project, even though it did not have the official corporate green light. (For the full story, Click Here.)
Now, it appears, the next-gen rotary program is on the official program, though the Mazda posting did not provide any details, according to our friends at Autoblog.com.
The rotary engine has been a favorite for many tech aficionados since the 1960s, when it made its first appearance in Europe in an NSU and, shortly afterwards a Mazda. In fact, it appeared that the Wankel would become an automotive mainstay, with manufacturers as diverse as General Motors and AMC planning to put it into production.