24 May '11, 10pm

Mazda RX-9 to borrow hybrid tech from Toyota

Mazda RX-9 to borrow hybrid tech from Toyota

"a hybrid powertrain may very well cure what has forever ailed the rotary engine: low torque (electric motors make gobs of the stuff at low rpm) and high fuel consumption" As well as the light weight and compact size of the rotary engine helping with the drawbacks of hybrids - additional weight and space taken by batteries. They do appear to be complementary. As for the "complicated continuously variable automatic transmission", the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive actually has fewer moving parts than a standard manual transmission, and far fewer than an automatic. No clutch or torque converter needed. With high powered electric motors and a lightweight frame, the performance could be absolutely amazing - don't forget what an electric motor (and carbon fiber) does for the Tesla Roadster. Still, Mazda will probably make a non-hybrid manual transmission version for traditionalist...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/05/24/mazda-rx-9-to-borrow...

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