At the start of the 1970s, Rotax has 900 employees in Gunskirchen. The takeover by the Canadian Bombardier Group sees the plant undergo significant modernization, and the Rotax product range develops in parallel with the company’s historical portfolio. As well as engine production - where Rotax is increasingly focused on dynamic powertrains for motorcycles and snowmobiles - special orders for other sectors, such as die clamping systems, are gradually reduced.
But engine production is changing, too: While ownership by Bombardier initially brings a primary focus on snowmobile engines, in the middle of the decade this is joined by another area of production, namely motorcycles, which have established themselves as an alternative mode of transport during the economic miracle of the preceding decades and are now enjoying a renaissance as sports and leisure vehicles. And this is the place where the desire for performance, speed and more power takes root. Demands that the Gunskirchen engineers are only too happy to meet. And the first opportunity soon presents itself: Bombardier motorcycle brand Can-Am presents the perfect opportunity to develop these new, high-performance engines.