Mazda’s Rotary Engine May Become Hydrogen-Powered Range Extender

I think it is fair to say that mankind is not a fan of change, hence why the status quo still reigns supreme. It’s also the reason that Mazda’s rotary engine never became more than a niche motor, one that I thought would be buried with the outgoing RX-8. But according to reports out of Japan, Mazda’s range extender could live on as a hydrogen-powered range extender for electric cars. Whaaa??

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Mazda Entering SkyActiv Diesel Engine In Grand-Am GX Series

Even though I have never owned a Mazda, I have always appreciated the plucky Japanese brand for its efforts to build driver-centric cars. The Miata is perhaps the best example of Mazda’s track heritage, and the new SkyActiv technology promises to blend performance with fuel economy, maintaining Mazda’s fun-to-drive dynamics.. Mazda has announced that it is entering its SkyActiv-D diesel engine into the newly announced Grand-Am GX class for the 2013 racing season.

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