At the beginning of the year, the japanese brand Mazda has confirmed the development of a rotary engine, but not for a sport like the late Mazda RX-8 (and their predecessors), as dreamed of purists and fans of the brand, but also to hybrid and electric models of this new generation.
The last thing that confirmed the CEO of Mazda, Akira Marumoto, is that the next commercial application of the new rotary engine (or wankel) would be in a model extended range electric, however, has not been since the date of its launch.
Now, seven years after the end of production of the Mazda RX-8, the japanese constructor has rode in the circuit German Nürburgring Nordschleife two mules of evidence-based precisely in the sporty RX-8, and the images in question are going around the world.
Taking into account that a priori there is no sense to test a model that years ago, and that it is not manufactured, it is logical to think that they are using this guise to test new technologies, and everything points to that this is precisely the new rotary engine, although it is unknown if it is a hybrid model, as for the sound it is clear that this is not a electric 100%.
The first electric in 2020
For the moment, and until Mazda confirms something officially, they are all speculations, but what is clear is that, by 2020, the japanese manufacturer has promised that it will have in its range a model of a pure electric by 2020, and that the extended range electric will come a bit later.
This first electric will be a development of the brand from Hiroshima, although as we already knew Mazda reached an agreement with Toyota for the manufacture of electric models, so that future products zero emissions Mazda could be joint development.
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