No hybrid, for now

IT IS worth noting that, while the ‘atmo’ Renesis engine won the International Engine of the Year award in 2003, Mazda at that time also developed an electric motor-assisted turbocharger, fitting it to the hydrogen dual-fuel RX-8. As for other types of electric (hybrid) assistance, Mazda’s head of research and development Kiyoshi Fujiwara is determined that the rotary will stand on its own – at least initially. He admits this is simply a matter of pride. A petrol-electric hybrid powertrain for the sports car could be added later, as global emissions and fuel consumption regulations tighten.