Rotary Engine

Inside Mazda

October 27, 2015

Behold, the future of next-generation power with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-R rotary engine.

RX-VISION represents the future that we at Mazda hope to one day turn into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with exquisite, KODO design-based proportions only Mazda could envision, and powered by the next generation SKYACTIV-R rotary engine.

RX-VISION represents the future that we at Mazda hope to one day turn into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with exquisite, KODO design-based proportions only Mazda could envision, and powered by the next generation SKYACTIV-R rotary engine.

Rotary engines feature a unique construction, generating power through the rotational motion of a triangular rotor. Overcoming numerous technical difficulties, Mazda succeeded in commercializing the rotary engine, fitting it in the Cosmo Sport (known as the Mazda 110S overseas) in 1967. As the only automaker to mass-produce the rotary engine, Mazda continued efforts to improve power output, fuel economy and durability, and in 1991 took overall victory at The 24 Hours of Le Mans with a rotary engine-powered race car. Over the years, the rotary engine has come to symbolize Mazda’s creativity and tireless endeavors in the face of difficult challenges.

While mass production is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development of the rotary engine. The next rotary engine has been named SKYACTIV-R, expressing our determination to take on challenges with convention-defying aspirations and the latest technology, just as we did when developing SKYACTIV Technology.