Is Mazda Secretly Working On A Rotary-powered Sports Car?

Is Mazda Secretly Working On A Rotary-Powered Sports Car?

Mazda remains intrinsically linked to the rotary engine which, according to senior executives within the company, might just make a (long awaited) comeback.

Of course, we’ve heard this all before. In fact, Mazda officials have, in the past 18 months, suggested lots of times that the rotary could return. However, the automaker has failed to commit to a new rotary-powered sports car.

Buy It! This Mitsubishi Lancer Is Powered By A Turbo Amg Engine

Buy It! This Mitsubishi Lancer Is Powered by a Turbo AMG Engine

Mitsubishi was pretty hot on the rally circuit in the 1970s and a lot of what it learned in the dirt was translated into its road cars.

The Lancer GSR 1600 of 1974 was a repeat winner in the most grueling rally in the world at the time: the Safari Rally of Kenya, earning it the nickname King of Cars. This lowly 1982-1988 (the ad says 1979) Lancer started life as an already-sporty 1800 GSR, which would have pushed out 135 hp from its 1.8-liter turbo engine, but obviously, the owner wasn’t happy with that, so what was their solution?

Refrigerating Container Powered By Sunlight, Snow, Ice

Refrigerating Container Powered by Sunlight, Snow, Ice

Goshima Reinetsu Co Ltd developed a refrigerating container that can store fresh food, etc without an external power source by using a solar power generation system and a snow/ice storage room.

Goshima Reinetsu plans to release the container, "Solar Snow Ice Container," in fiscal 2018 for distribution companies, etc.

Toyota To Start Drayage Testing With Hydrogen-powered Semi Truck

Toyota to start drayage testing with hydrogen-powered semi truck

Toyota said Thursday it plans to begin testing of its zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell-powered semi truck around ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Project Portal proof-of-concept rig will haul goods from select terminals at the two busy ports to nearby rail yards and warehouses for distribution starting Oct. 23, with an estimated daily distance of around 200 miles, the truck's driving range. The company in April announced it was experimenting with the fuel cell trucks at the Port of Los Angeles to test its technology and benefit the port's Clean Air Action Plan. The truck uses two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12-kWh battery to generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque. You can watch a video here that shows how that configuration helps the truck move fro a dead stop compared to a traditional diesel-powered version. The truck's gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds. Toyota says the class 8 truck has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while pulling drayage rated cargo weight and emitting nothing but water vapor. The new testing route patterns are designed to test the drayage duty-cycle capabilities of the fuel cell system and capture real-world performance data, with the routes eventually growing longer in distance. Heavy duty trucks, which are major sources of diesel exhaust emissions, are a hot area of alternative-powertrain development. Elon Musk has been teasing a new, if oft-delayed, all-electric version of a Tesla rig, while electric trucks are also under development by Cummins and Mercedes-Benz. Nikola Motor Co. is developing a hydrogen-powered rig that it boasts has a 1,200-mile range. A year ago, Brian Williams of Toyota's product sales and engagement team told AutoblogGreen that the company sees plenty of uses for the technology: "Fuel cells could potentially give you the range you want, the power output you want, but they can be put into buses. They can be put into semis. You can put those in cargo and package vans. You can put those in buses. [Hydrogen power] is definitely something that we see as meeting the needs of longer range, quicker refueling, lower footprint of emissions. The benefit of it is that it can go in other vehicles." Toyota has also developed its own fuel cell transit bus that uses the fuel cell system originally developed for the Mirai. It says it plans to deploy more than 100 fuel-cell buses in the Tokyo area ahead of that city's 2020 Olympic games. The company has long been keen on hydrogen as a power source for vehicles, including plug-in electrics.

Towards A Hydrogen Society : Toyota France Supports Energy Observer, The World's First Hydrogen-powered Boat

Towards a hydrogen society : Toyota France supports Energy Observer, the world's first hydrogen-powered boatLast month, the first around the world hydrogen-powered boat, Energy Observer set off on a world tour. Its goal is to be the first ship capable of producing its hydrogen “live” during stopovers and navigation. It will act as a floating smart grid system, absorbing solar, wind and wave energy. It draws its power directly from the nature, without harming it.

This experimental science vessel will travel around the world during 6 years, navigating through 50 countries and stopping in 101 ports of call.Toyota France provided the crew with 8 vehicles to be used during each layover in the cities: 6 from the Toyota hybrid range and 2 Mirai.

V6-powered Lexus Ls 350 Debuts At China Auto Show

V6-Powered Lexus LS 350 Debuts at China Auto Show

Lexus has quietly debuted a new V6-powered variant of the new LS flagship at the Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macao International Auto Show in China — the LS 350 will get a 10-speed transmission, 318 horsepower and 280 lb.ft-of-torque. Here are some photos from auto-sina.com.cn:

There's no official press release at this time, but it’s safe to assume the LS 350 is powered by the same 2GR-FKS engine found in the Japan-spec GS 350. This is a natural fit in China, where the competition are models like the 272-hp Mercedes S320 and 204-hp Audi A8.

Internal Mazda Magazine Hints At Hydrogen-powered Rotary Engine

Internal Mazda Magazine Hints At Hydrogen-Powered Rotary Engine

The latest edition of Mazda’s internal magazine, Zoom-Zoom, may hint at the arrival of a Hydrogen-powered rotary engine sportscar from the Japanese automaker.

In an article marking the 50th anniversary of the rotary-powered Cosmo Sport, Mazda explained that the rotary engine’s biggest drawback is poor fuel economy and emissions. A rotary engine has plenty of positives, however, including its compact size, and smooth, free-revving nature, so it’s easy to see why Mazda is reluctant to kill it off.

Mazda Targeting A 10% Take Rate On Diesel-powered Cx-5 In The U.s.

Mazda Targeting A 10% Take Rate On Diesel-Powered CX-5 In The U.S.

When Mazda unveiled the 2017 CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, the company confirmed the crossover would be offered with a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engine. Now we're learning the CX-5's success could pave the way for future diesel-powered models in America.

In an interview with Autonews, Mazda North America President and CEO Masahiro Moro revealed the automaker is targeting a ten percent take rate for the optional diesel engine. That sounds slightly ambitious given the current climate but Moro says the "CX-5 will be a very good indicator for us to understand where we have the opportunity and what kind of people come to buy those new technologies."

V8-powered Mazda Rx-7 Sends Mclaren, Porsche And Lambo Back Home Crying

V8-Powered Mazda RX-7 Sends McLaren, Porsche And Lambo Back Home CryingSince the third-generation Mazda RX-7 can easily be characterized as a "sleeper" due to the fact that it weighs very little, giving it over 600 HP to play with is almost unfair, for its opponents.
The power comes from a turbocharged Chevy LS V8 engine and in case you're wondering, it's more than enough to send the likes of the McLaren 12C, Lamborghini Gallardo and even a tuned Porsche 911 Turbo S packing, tail between legs and all.

Lexus Lc F To Be High-powered Hybrid?

Lexus LC F to be High-Powered Hybrid?With Lexus trademarking the LC F nameplate in Europe this week, there’s now considerable momentum that a high performance variant of the Lexus LC coupe is in the works. From here, the next point of interest is the powertrain — on that front, Autocar has an interesting quote from LC chief engineer Koji Sato: