Mazda has unveiled the RX-Vision concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. The concept’s notable feature apart from the striking design is that it’s powered by a new generation of the famed rotary powerplant.
The concept boasts sleek lines, low and long bonnet, set-back greenhouse, ultra-slim side mirrors and 20-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. It has dimensions of 172.8 inches, 75.8 inches and 45.7 inches in length, width and height respectively. This two-seater sports car has a wheelbase of 106.3 inches and is designed with Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy as its inspiration.
The new rotary engine christened Skyactiv-R sits at the front and supplies drive to the rear wheels. There are no cars currently in production that derive power from the rotary unit. The last car to feature the engine was the Mazda RX-8 that went out of production in 2012. Though Mazda says that even after mass production of the engine was put on hold, the company never stopped its research and development activities.
Mazda is the only company to mass produce the rotary engine which has a unique construction and generates power through the rotational motion of a triangular rotor. The first model to come with the engine was the Cosmo Sport (Mazda 110S) in 1967. The peak of the rotary engine’s success was achieved in 1991 at 24 Hours of Le Mans, when it won the event with a rotary-powered Mazda 787B race car.