The Beginning of a New Era: BRP-Rotax Achieves New Performance Level with the Launch of the Rotax 916iS/c Aircraft Propulsion System
Lakeland, Florida, March 28, 2023 – BRP-Rotax, a subsidiary of BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO; NASDAQ:DOOO), is proud to achieve a new level of performance with the launch its Rotax 916iS/c aircraft propulsion system, which makes it perfectly suitable for four-seater planes and for high performance two-seaters. At 85.8 kilograms and a powerful 160 hp, the 916iS/c offers an unprecedented power-to-weight ratio in the light aircraft segment and is available with an impressive 24-volt option for more cockpit features and comfort. The Rotax 916iS/c made its debut today at the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, showcasing its power for the first time ever in a CubCrafters aircraft, a new customer of BRP-Rotax.
"The launch of the 916iS/c is yet another testament to our commitment to developing ground-breaking technologies and creating the most advanced propulsion systems for our customers. For us, it was crystal clear that we had to build on the success of the 915 engine. We can now seize new opportunities in the four-seat market segment with a perfectly mature product and thus continue our steady growth of recent years. With the 916iS/c, we are responding to unmet customer needs and living up to the innovation philosophy of our long-standing company," said Peter Ölsinger, General Manager, BRP-Rotax, and Vice-President, Sales, Marketing & Communications, Rotax Propulsion Systems.
Top performance and new opportunities
In addition, BRP-Rotax offers the 916iS/c as an alternative for IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flights as well as for commercial flying, for example for flight schools and private pilots. The top performance of the 916iS/c allows for shorter take-off distances and steeper descent while maintaining maximum efficiency in cruise flight. For increased flexibility, the 916iS/c features multi-fuel technology (for MOGAS & AVGAS) which allows both classic engine fuel as well as aviation fuel.
In this class up to 160 hp, the new propulsion system features fully electronic iS technology for increased performance, greater efficiency and simplified maintenance and servicing. This means that engine selection for maintenance and repairs can be carried out via the BUD system Aircraft (BRP Utility and Diagnostic Software for Rotax Aircraft Engines), in a similar way to the automotive industry. As a testament to BRP-Rotax’s confidence in this new propulsion system, the TBO (Time Between Overhaul) at product launch is 2,000 hours, which speaks to the value customers can derive from the engine.
Presentation at the SUN 'n FUN Florida and the AERO Friedrichshafen
The SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, taking place from March 28 to April 2, 2023, is the perfect opportunity to introduce the 916iS/c to the market and confirm that BRP-Rotax is welcoming the reputed CubCrafters manufacturer as part of its growing roster of customers. In fact, the Rotax 916iS/c showcased its power for the first time in the new CubCrafters Carbon Cub UL, an engineering prototype equipped with the new Rotax propulsion system for flight testing and further development.
“CubCrafters and Rotax share a dedication to drive great performance through new technology innovations. Working together to develop the new Rotax 916iS/c powered Carbon Cub has been a great collaboration. We are excited to launch our latest products together and to make them available worldwide," said Patrick Horgan, President and CEO of CubCrafters Inc. “The powerful and smooth single-lever operation of the Rotax 916iS/c is outstanding, bringing the latest engine technology to the Carbon Cub Family. Compatible with fuels available worldwide, our new Carbon Cub UL offers the versatility of a full-sized backcountry aircraft with amazing STOL capability and cruise performance,” added Mr. Horgan.
The Rotax 916iS/c will then be introduced on the European market at the AERO in Friedrichshafen, Germany from April 19 to 22, 2023.
The engine is now available worldwide through the official authorized BRP-Rotax dealer network.
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Certain information included in this press release, including, but not limited to, statements relating to the projected capacity and performance of this new propulsion system and its expected scheduled entry to market, its impact on customer's experience and other statements that are not historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian and United States securities laws. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terminology such as "may", "will", "would", "should", "could", "expects", "forecasts", "plans", "intends", "trends", "indications", "anticipates", "believes", "estimates", "outlook", "predicts", "projects", "likely" or "potential" or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases. Forward looking statements, by their very nature, involve inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions, both general and specific. BRP cautions that its assumptions may not materialize. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results or performance of BRP to be materially different from the outlook or any future results or performance implied by such statements. Further details and descriptions of these and other factors are disclosed in BRP's annual information form dated March 22, 2023.
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