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Rotax is an Austrian engine manufacturer, founded in 1920 in Dresden, Germany. Operations were moved to Wels, Austria in 1943 and finally to Gunskirchen in 1947. In 1959, Rotax merged with the Vienna-based Lohner-Werke, a manufacturer of car and railway wagon bodies. Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... For other uses, see Dresden (disambiguation). ... Wels (population of 56,478 as of 2001) is the second largest city of the state of Upper Austria, located in the north of Austria, upon the Traun River near Linz. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Gunskirchen is a town in Upper Austria. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1970 Lohner-Rotax was bought by Bombardier, thus allowing Rotax to further develop its motorcycle motor section. 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... logo Bombardier Inc. ...

The company constructed only two-stroke engines until 1982, when it started building four-stroke engines and aircraft engines. Other important dates include 1962, when a Rotax engine was first installed in a snowmobile and 1989, when Rotax received Type Certification for its 912 A aircraft engine. The two-stroke cycle of an internal combustion engine differs from the more common four-stroke cycle by completing the same four processes (intake, compression, power, exhaust) in only two strokes of the piston rather than four. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The four-stroke cycle of an internal combustion engine is the cycle most commonly used for automotive and industrial purposes today and everyday in (cars and trucks, electrical generators, etc). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


  • Sells engines to Italian Motorcycle Manufacturer Aprilia.
  • Sold engines to Canadian Can-Am motorcycles (Both Rotax and Can-Am's parent company are/was Bombardier).
  • Sold engines to SWM from 1977 to 1984 for trials and enduro bikes.
  • Sold engines to CCM.
  • Makes the Rotax Max range of kart engines.
  • Makes the four-valve, single-cylinder, water-cooled engines used in the BMW F650 series motorcycle.
  • Produces the Rotax 912 and Rotax 914 light aircraft engines.
  • The Rotax 122 & Rotax 123 two stroke 125cc engines are used in the Aprilia RS125 motorcycle.
  • Produces the Rotax 494 and 493 two stroke engines used in Sports Car Club of America F500 race cars.
  • Sold engines to KTM
  • Sold engines to Bimota
  • Manufactures the RM-1, a ready-to-run kart

An Aprilia RS125, model of 1998. ... Can-Am was a motorcycle producing subsidiary of the Canadian Bombardier Corporation. ... logo Bombardier Inc. ... A 1981 SWM TL320 with UK specification metal petrol tank SWM (Speedy Working Motors)) was a manufacturer of Observed Trials, Enduro, Motorcross and off-road motorcycles in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Clews Competition Motorcycles or CCM for short, is a British motorcycle manufacturer based in Blackburn, England. ... The Rotax Max group of classes were designed by Bombardier to provide cost-effective but high speed kart racing. ... A kart racer takes a turn on an indoor track Kart racing (as the word is so spelled by enthusiasts) or karting is a variant of open-wheeler motor sport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. ... BMW AG (an initialism for Bayerische Motoren-Werke Aktiengesellschaft, or in English, Bavarian Motor Works; ISIN: DE0005190003), is an independent German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. ... -1... Formula 500 (F500) is a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) open wheel road racing class. ...

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Manufactured by Bombardier's Rotax subsidiary, the Rotax 912 is a new-generation light aircraft engine.
The engine is FAA-certified in the United States (though builders of experimental aircraft typically install the non-certified model, the Rotax 912 UL).
The high-quality exhaust system is developed to provide years of maintenance-free operation, and is custom-made for the ZODIAC series and the STOL CH 701.
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The exhaust system supplied by Rotax is specially tuned, to provide the best performance and reliability possible, some manufacturers in adapting this exhaust system to their design have changed the tuning length of the exhaust to better fit the cosmetics of their design.
Rotax has introduced a new engine cowling for use on the 377,447, and 503 engines which directs more air to the magneto cylinder, making for a cooler running engine.
Upon closer examination it was found that the aluminum intake manifold, on the single carburetor equipped 377/447/503 had cracked in the area of the bolts used to fasten it to the cylinders or at the point where the outer half of the manifold joins to the inner half on the 503.
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