History Of Rotax Engines

Let us explore the history of Rotax Engines along learn about its fascinating journey over the timeline in history.

1920

The company was founded in Dresden, Germany as ROTAX-WERK AG.

1930

Taken over by Fichtel & Sachs AG, the company transfers its operations to Schweinfurt/Germany.

1943

The companies operations are relocated to Wels, Austria.

1947 The companies operations get relocated to Gunskirchen near Wels. 1959

This year sees LOHNERWERKE GmbH of Vienna acquiring a majority shareholding.

1962

For the first time, a ROTAX engine is installed in a Ski-Doo snowmobile developed by Bombardier.

1970

This year sees integration of Bombardier and ROTAX. The former Bombardier Inc. branch BRP, now an independent company, uses Rotax engines in its motorcycles, personal water craft, and snowmobiles.

1982

Rotax Engines history reflects how the company begins production of ROTAX 4-stroke and aircraft engines, a landmark in the Rotax Engines history.

1983

The company starts producing ROTAX motorcycle engines for APRILIA†.

1988

The company starts producing ROTAX marine engines for Bombardier Sea-Doo watercraft.

1993

The company starts producing ROTAX motorcycle engines for BMW†, Germany.

1998

The company starts producing ROTAX engines for Bombardier ATVs.

2000

The company begins initiation of The ROTAX Quality Production System (RQPS).

2001

Launching of ROTAX 4-TEC 4-stroke engines for Sea-Doo watercraft

2002

This year witnesses the launch of the new 2-stroke semi-direct electronic injection technology : ROTAX 2-TEC engines for Ski-Doo snowmobiles, plus the launch of the ROTAX Kart RM1 with direct drive (without chain).

2003

Sale of Recreational Products Group by Bombardier Inc.; Foundation of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) with BRP-Rotax as part of the new company. Approving BRP-Rotax as International Design Organization according to JAR-21,the European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) is all praise for it.

2005

85th anniversary of ROTAX is celebrated, with 35 years with BRP thereof.

2006

Production of the 6 millionth Rotax engine takes place, ever since the origin of Rotax Engines

2008

Rotax stars manufacturing the 1125 cc Helicon liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected 72˚ V-Twin for the Buell Motorcycle Company.

Going through the above timeline will help you understand the origin of Rotax Engines and their progression over time.

 

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