Mazda’s Takashi Yamanouchi, speaking about the future of the rotary engine:

We are still learning,” he said. “the rotary has very good dynamic performance, but if you accelerate and brake a lot there are efficiency disadvantages. The range extender overcomes that. We can keep it spinning at its most efficient 2000rpm while also taking advantage of its size.

So they’re talking about a Volt competitor featuring a rotary engine. I hope you already realize why that’s a bad idea.

See, despite all the nonsense about how efficient rotary engines are, well, they’re terribly inefficient. They’re efficient only in the sense that they produce a lot of horsepower per liter. They are extraordinarily inefficient when it comes to fuel consumption. Talk to an RX-8 owner to see what I mean.

Why in the world would Mazda pair a pig of an engine with an electric motor? They have a perfectly good candidate in the new Skyactiv 4 cylinder. Stuff like this, folks, is why Mazda is in financial trouble.

Published on September 3, 2012 in Linked List


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