Rotax

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BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG
Type Private company
Industry Mechanical engineering, Aerospace
Founded 1920
Headquarters Gunskirchen, Austria
Products Internal combustion engines
Owner(s)

BRP-Powertrain Management GmbH,

BRP Holdings (Austria) GmbH
Parent Bombardier Recreational Products
Website www.rotax.com

BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG[1][2][3][4] (until 2008 BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG), commonly known simply as Rotax, is an Austrian engine manufacturer, owned by the Canadian Bombardier Recreational Products.

The company develops and produces four-stroke and advanced two-stroke engines for Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) products (Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, Can-Am quads and roadsters) as well as for motorcycles, scooters, karts, ultra light and light aircraft.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1920 in Dresden, Germany as ROTAX-WERK AG. In 1930 it was taken over by Fichtel & Sachs and transferred its operations to Schweinfurt, Germany. Operations were moved to Wels, Austria in 1943 and finally to Gunskirchen, Austria in 1947. In 1959, the majority of Rotax shares were taken over[5] by the Vienna-based Lohner-Werke, a manufacturer of car and railway wagon bodies.

In 1970 Lohner-Rotax was bought by the Canadian Bombardier Inc. The former Bombardier branch, Bombardier Recreational Products, now an independent company, uses Rotax engines in its motorcycles, personal water craft, and snowmobiles.[6]

Products[edit]

Industrial engines[edit]

  • Engine Type Rotax 185 - fire fighting water pump engine also used as an aircraft engine

Aircraft engines[edit]

Rotax supplies aircraft engines for ultralight aircraft, light aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Four stroke engines
  • Engine Type Rotax 914
  • Engine Type Rotax 912
  • Engine Type 991 V Twin
  • Engine Type 600 ACE
  • Engine Type 900 ACE
  • Engine Type 1330 ACE
  • Engine Type 1503
Two stroke engines
  • Engine Type Rotax 618 UL - no longer in production
  • Engine Type Rotax 582 UL
  • Engine Type Rotax 532 UL - no longer in production
  • Engine Type Rotax 503 UL - no longer in production
  • Engine Type Rotax 447 UL - no longer in production
  • Engine Type Rotax 377 - no longer in production
  • Engine Type Rotax 277 - no longer in production

References[edit]

  1. ^ BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG (2010). "Company profile @ rotax.com (German)". Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. ^ BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG (2010). "Contact site @ rotax.com (German)". Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  3. ^ BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG (2010). "Company profile @ firmenwissen.de (German)". Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  4. ^ BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG (2010). "Company profile @ FirmenABC.at (German)". Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Company history up to 1969". Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  6. ^ http://corp.brp.com/NR/rdonlyres/3F0275A3-1401-4042-8154-55CB76F60B74/0/2007_01_31_ETEC_backgrounder.pdf

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