The last rotary-powered sportscar Mazda built was the 2012 RX-8 Spirit R which was available exclusively for the Japanese market. The recent continuation of a rotary engine took the form of the range extender, the gasoline engine that takes charge of charging the batteries, operating as a generator for the electric MX-30, a continuation that however has nothing to do with the sporty past of this specific implementation .
However, as revealed by Mazda boss Katsuhiro Moro at the recent Tokyo Auto Salon, the rotary engine will in the future find accommodation in a sportier and more in line with its past construction. As he himself revealed from 1the February will create a “shock” team of Mazda engineers who will dedicate themselves to the development of the new rotary engine which, in its new era, will have the role of a range extender, however this time, providing an authentic sports car.
The reason for the production version of the charming Iconic SP concept that Mazda presented as a prototype some time ago, garnering especially good reviews for its design that mixes past and future in eloquent doses, exuding an enviable balance between the two.
“I am particularly pleased and moved by the support and encouragement we have received for the concept compact sportscar that we recently introduced. I take this opportunity to thank you all. With your support, we are creating a development team for the new rotary engine that will bring this dream closer to reality,” he said characteristically, adding that: “in order to cope with the new era of zero emissions, a team of engineers has been assembled who will be tasked with the evolution of a rotary engine, having taken a broad view that transcends the narrow limits of one type of engine technology. It won’t be easy but I hope we can take a step towards a new elusive challenge.”
Regarding the construction of the original Iconic SP which will house the new rotary engine as a range extender and part of its electric set, it is worth noting that in the same context, Mazda gave some information regarding the version of its production. According to them, the production version will maintain the proportions of the prototype being 4.18 m long, 1.85 m wide, just 1.15 m high and a wheelbase of 2.59 m, while the weight, according to the ambitions of the Japanese, is expected to be limited to 1.5 tons.
Indicative of the intentions of the Japanese brand is that speaking about the specific project, its head stated that the two-seater coupe will be able to directly face the Porsche 911, creating for its owners a “spontaneous sense of joy when using it and without the anxieties that would entail a purely electric set”.