In 1988, as well as modernizing the Gunskirchen works, Rotax makes a second attempt at manufacturing Sea-Doo jet ski engines. A two-cylinder marine engine serves as the powertrain – this rotary valve controlled, water cooled Rotax engine provides 37kW more power than its predecessor. As well as working on the internal components, Bombardier and Rotax focus on adapting the range to customer needs and different types of use. Whether it’s smooth operation and consistent performance for family and leisure vehicles, or reliability in the context of the extreme load curves of the sporting sector, the new generation Sea-Doo models soon provide something for everyone: leisure, family and sports vehicles, from single-seaters to three-seaters. These efforts are rewarded. In 1994, Sea-Doos become world market leaders, leaving behind the Japanese competition from Kawasaki and Yamaha.
2ND SUCCESSFUL START-UPRotax engines help Bombardier Sea-Doos become global market leaders
ROTAX OVERCOMES STRONG COMPETITION FROM JAPAN
- Sea-Doo Brochure, 1994 (Archives, Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier)
- Sea-Doo World Finals race at Lake Havasu, 1993 (BRP Rotax)
- The “water sleds” not only enjoy success in sporting competitions; they are also trendsetters in the leisure sector, where they cause a sensation. Pictured here is the Sea-Doo GTi from 1998. (Archives, Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier)
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