Rotax Kills V6 Program

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The new V-6 engine that was promoted at Oshkosh last summer as the REV will be shelved, BRP-Rotax said this week. BRP-Rotax, based in Austria, said it will complete the certification of the engine next month, but then will not proceed with bringing it to market. The company will continue to offer its 912 and 914 models for recreational aircraft. "We have come a long way with the V6 engine and are proud of what we have accomplished," said Gerd Ohrnberger, general manager of BRP-Rotax. "However, when BRP was sold three years ago, management decided to concentrate the company's core activities on powersports products. Today's announcement will ensure that BRP-Rotax's human and financial resources continue to contribute to our company's mainstream activities and its growth." Aircraft Engine Services, of Titusville, Fla., had announced at Oshkosh that it would be providing product support and marketing for the V-6 engines in the U.S. AES head Luc de Gaspe Beaubien told AVweb on Tuesday that the Rotax decision puts an end to those plans. "We're winding down that program and looking for other opportunities," he said. There was a lot of market interest in the engines, he said, but concerns about insurance and product liability likely weighed into Rotax's decision. A call to BRP-Rotax in Austria wasn't returned at press time.