PASMAG Mazda RX Concept Patent 01

Word about a potential rotary-revival by Mazda has been a series of ups and downs lately. Months ago, a rumor surfaced that Mazda was working on another rotary model. Shortly after, Mazda dispelled those rumors in an official statement. It wasn’t long after this that a Mazda spokesperson said that the next Mazda RX model would be powered by a rotary. That too was shut down shortly after, when Mazda explicitly states that a new RX was not in the works. As you can see, there’s been a lot of back-and-forth, but the overall consensus seemed to be that Mazda’s official statement made it nothing more than industry hearsay - until now.

Any die-hard rotary fans who have been following the rumors are ready to take any relevant information and a promising sign of things to come, and the most promising of all may have just happened while no one was looking. Mazda recently filed for two patents: One for some form Gas+EV hybrid system, and another for a rotary-specific start/stop system. Those who understand the functionality of the Wankel rotary engine will appreciate just how sophisticated a start-stop function would have to be in order to stop the rotors in a position that closes the intake port completely.

For now, any news about a next-gen Mazda rotary engine remains purely speculation, but with such a specific patent being filed while no mainstream rotary engines are on the market, one has to wonder what Mazda is up to.

PASMAG Mazda RX Concept Patent 02

More Articles

APR Greece's Scirocco GT24

It might surprise some readers to learn that APR has a branch in Greece, but they do, and that’s not the end of the surprises. Last November, the Greek APR division began working on their latest project, the Scirocco GT24.…
Read More

On Point: Spiked Hardware

These days, wheels are a big deal. They’re a build in themselves. Three-piece construction, all with a custom finish and bolted together with powder-coated hardware that accentuates the other color choices. Different colored lug nuts - some complimentary, others used…
Read More

Bunny Hunter: ARC Audio Scion FR-S

Written by Randi Bentia / Photography by Micky Slinger Showcased in the ARC Audio booth at CES 2015, sat Sheena Dela Cruz's #bunnyhunter Scion FR-S.…
Read More

Air Bender: Into The Wind Tunnel With Andrew Brilliant

Andrew Brilliant is, well, brilliant. He has worked on some of the most noteworthy Time Attack cars ever, like the "Nemo" Evo, which forced WTAC rule changes it was so good, and the Under Suzuki S15, which holds multiple lap…
Read More

Jacob's Drift: Drifting Goes Viral

During the drift season, fans and sponsors often see the on-track performance of top drivers as the best measurement of performance. In reality, much of the value for a driver is built by their off-track performance, particularly via viral videos.…
Read More