The Stunning Sports car concept, RX-Vision was unveiled in Hiroshima on Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show
RX-VISION represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality; a rear-wheel drive, front engine sports car which incorporates their totally exquisite, KODO: Soul of Motion design that only Mazda could create, 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 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 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 endeavor in the face of difficult challenges.
While mass production of rotary powered vehicles is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine. The next rotary engine has been named SKYACTIV-R, expressing the company’s determination to take on challenges with convention-defying aspirations and the latest technology, just as it did when developing SKAYCTIV TECHNOLOGY.
“I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” said Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai. “Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”
There have been murmurs for a while that Mazda have been working on a new Rotary engine, with Mazda boss Takashi Yamanouchi commenting back in 2013 that research into future rotary engines would continue as long as he works for the company. Obviously as huge rotary enthusiasts, T W White & Sons are hugely excited at that they are true to their word and even more excited by the concept of the new Rotary RX-Vision.