For years, rumors have been flying in all directions on a Mazda RX-9, incorporating everything from electric turbos to hybrids systems. Most recently, we reported on the latter, with a Mazda source reportedly stating that the RX-9 would use a Toyota hybrid drive system to supplement the range and power of the Wankel engine driving the rear axle. That rumor was disrupted a week later by a Car and Driver report that pulled the hybrid RX-9 right off the table, claiming that plans for a hybrid sports car don't exist and even the rotary engine is in danger of being scrapped due to the poor sales...
Mazda Rotary Engine Will Return, May Take Several Years
With the RX-8 sports car expected to be discontinued after the current model year, Mazda, the last bastion of the Wankel rotary engine, will be without a car in its lineup featuring the free-spinning engine. Why the predicament? Because Mazda just can’t seem to engineer the rotary to meet its...Viknesh Vijayenthiran