Road and Track Rumor: Mazda working on Hydraulic Turbo?

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  1. Section8

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    From an article on the Mazdaspeed RX8 in the March issue:

    "Although Yoshioka wouldn't comment, sources close to the company said that the North American arm of Mazdaspeed is currently working on a supercharged version of the RX-8. There's even a rumor of a hydraulic turbocharger, which uses a hydraulic pump instead of exhaust gases to spin the turbine."

    "There are a number of possibilities that we're still exploring," Yoshioka said. "The life cycle of the RX-8 is a long one so we want to gradually enhance the car. This car [mazdaspeed] is the first step."
     
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  4. Section8

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    The only thing I can think of is that since the rotary is notorius for baking coolant seals because of the heat of the turbo and pre-cat, they want to come up with a cooler method for spooling the turbine.

    That make sense to any of you rotary guys?
     
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    I read that in SCC about 5 years ago.
     
  6. Section8

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    I'm sure it referred to the RX8 then too.
     
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    so, uhhh, like, is the hydraulic fluid pumped mechanically by the crank? Wtf is going on here?
     
  8. Section8

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    where are all the rotary/mazda people at?
     
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    WS6Formula350 molestache amririte?

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    They are all lurking in the shadows to strike at you and your OHV technology when you least expect it :eek4:
     
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    mazda have been working on a hydraulic supercharger for years. It's like a CVT for blowers. Of course they've been working on a real CVT for longer and still cant get that right either...
     
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    WTF is the point of that?! :ugh: More shit to break, leak, and uses more power. Turbo's are fine the way they are now.
     
  12. Sounds like the "hydracharger" I heard about a long long time ago.
     
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    I remember hearing that the side port exhaust, while good for gas milage, had severe effects on turbo performance of the car. :dunno:
     
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    turbos are fine the way they are now.

    Its in respect to the RX8s side port exhaust though that has mazda looking for new methods of force induction.
     
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    they're talking about a straight SC in this article..the turbo would be hydraulic.
     
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    I cant think they can move fluid that fast to get the rpms needed to move the turbo. Hmmmm it could have a bunch of gears before the turbine to gear it to spin quicker.
     
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    I don't think rotaries have cranks.
     
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  20. iZero

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    Wouldn't that make it a supercharger, not a turbo? Also how is this hydraulic pump magically powered?
     
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    Who ever said the engine had to turn the pump? Ever hear of an electric motor?

    A good electric DC motor with a 3 or 4 stage pump could create some HUGE fluid pressures.
     
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    bump for morning crew
     
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    Is it driven by the rotary pistons?
     
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    Wouldn't they need reinforced connecting rods then? :confused:
     
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