Mazda Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Engine

– Mazda Looks Back during Legacy of Innovation, Starting with a 1967 Cosmo Sport 110S –

IRVINE, CA, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ – Fifty years ago today, Mazda Motor Corporation began a bequest of doing what was pronounced couldn’t be done.

Left to Right: Mazda RX-8, Eunos Cosmo, FD Mazda RX-7, FC Mazda RX-7, FB Mazda RX-7, Mazda Rotary Pickup, Mazda RX-5 Cosmo, Mazda RX-4, Mazda RX-3, Mazda RX-2 and Mazda R100. Middle: 1973 Mazda RX-2 racecar, 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S and 1989 Mazda 767B. (CNW Group/Mazda Canada Inc.)

Mazda — afterwards Toyo Kogyo Corporation — indispensable to emanate a singular record that would compute it among a fast globalizing Japanese automotive attention in sequence to stay independent. In 1961, Mazda protected NSU Motorenwerke AG and Wankel GmbH’s rotary engine technology, pity learnings with a German companies in hopes of creation wider use of a engine.

Once a antecedent rotary engine arrived in Hiroshima, contrast began. Unfortunately, within a initial hour of running, a engine seized. Mazda had wagered a whole existence on this one engine technology; disaster would not be an option, yet early impressions meant there was many to be finished to keep Mazda afloat.

Knowing how needed a success of a rotary engine would be for a company, Chief Engineer Kenichi Yamamoto fabricated a group of Mazda’s many gifted engineers — famous as a 47 Samurai — to make a rotary engine viable. Of course, they knew other automakers from a around a universe had attempted or were perplexing to do so as well; nothing had succeeded, though.

After a rarely lauded entrance during a 1964 Tokyo Motor Show, on May 30, 1967, a Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S — a world’s initial prolongation twin-rotor, rotary-engined automobile — went on sale in Japan. It was Mazda’s initial sports car, and all a some-more newsworthy since a association had been famous usually for a tiny newcomer cars and work trucks to that point. Its low figure complemented a compress measure of a two-rotor engine.

Just 1,176 prolongation Cosmo Sports would be built, yet a bequest would widen much, many further. From a beginning races, such as a 84-hour Marathon de la Route in 1968, Mazda never stopped severe a engineers and designers to keep improving their craft.

Eventually, those efforts would parent championship-winning motorsports programs all over a world, as good as heading a approach for successive sports cars that focused on lightweight opening over beast strength. The top indicate of Mazda’s growth of a rotary engine was in 1991, when a quad-rotor-powered Mazda 787B won a famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. During a production, some-more than 1.99 million rotary-engine vehicles were produced, from sports cars to sedans and even a 26-passenger bus.

Much as with today’s Mazda cars and crossover SUVs, hashiru yorokobi — exhilaration, fun and wellbeing from pushing — continues to be a vicious partial of what creates Mazdas what they are.

A Legacy of Innovation: Then and Now

From a beginning days as a manufacturer of high-precision appurtenance collection to currently as a provider of well-developed patron practice by a vehicles, Mazda aims to emanate a clever romantic tie with business by charity a singular multiple of pushing pleasure and superb environmental and reserve performance.

Today, Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology continues to pleasure drivers and passengers with a human-centric concentration on a whole pushing experience.

But, many as was a box with a Wankel rotary engine, building SKYACTIV Technology was suspicion to be an unfit task, never mind a fact that it was being grown by an independent, smaller automaker during a 2008 universe financial crisis.

When Mazda introduced a SKYACTIV-Engine family, no other gasoline-powered prolongation automobile could work with a 14.0:1 application ratio — a world’s highest. Similarly, no other diesel engine could grasp a 14.4:1 application ratio possibly — a world’s lowest. Today, Mazda’s clean-operating SKYACTIV engines are still unmatched in their change of performance, pushing rendezvous and environmental efficiency.

Lightweight, firm SKYACTIV-Chassis and SKYACTIV-Body units concede Mazda vehicles to disturb a motorist and passengers as many as strengthen them. And, in multiple with all other SKYACTIV Technologies, a framework and physique designs and engineering concede for an unmatched Jinba Ittai driving knowledge in each Mazda, either a iconic MX-5 Miata sports automobile or a seven-passenger CX-9 crossover SUV — motorist and automobile as one.

Mazda continues to pull technology, engineering and pattern thresholds to broach cars and crossover SUVs for people who delight driving. Then, as now, Mazda will never stop challenging.

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