The history of ROTAX dates back to 1920 when ROTAX-WERK AG was founded in Dresden. In 1943 the company moved to neighboring Austria in Wels, and after the end of the Second World War it finally moved to the suburban Gunskirchen.
ROTAX gained worldwide fame in 1950 when Lohnerwerke GmbH started production of the LOHNER scooter. At that time, the LOHNER became one of the main means of transportation in the cities of post-war Austria.
In the late 1950s, snowmobile inventor Joseph-Armand Bombardier made his dream come true: his company L'Auto-Neige Bombardier began mass production of snowmobiles. But even starting the production of snowmobiles, Joseph-Armand Bombardier was in search - he was looking for the right engine for his snowmobiles, which were called Ski-Doo.
As a result, in 1962, his choice settled on cooperation with the ROTAX company. Eight years of collaboration have helped Ski-Doo sleds conquer the world with their reliability and advanced technology. And then, having achieved success in the market and received financial stability, the Canadian corporation bought the entire ROTAX company.
The Austrian plant later changed its name to “Bombardier - ROTAX”, and now its full name is “BRP - Powertrain GmbH & Co KG”.
Having become part of the BOMBARDIER corporation in the 1970s, the ROTAX product line was significantly expanded: the plant supplied enduro and motocross motorcycles with two-stroke engines, and in 1982 the first four-stroke motorcycle engine was announced. The ROTAX plant in 1982 begins the production of light, reliable aircraft engines. Over the past three decades, ROTAX has firmly gained a leading position in the market of aircraft engines for motor hang-gliders and VLA ("very light aircraft") vehicles. To date, more than 100,000 ROTAX aircraft engines have been produced.
Currently, in addition to motorcycle, aircraft, Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobile engines, ROTAX produces engines for SEA-DOO jet skis and boats, ATV BRP ATVs and SSV Can-Am ATVs, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, motors for karting.
The quality and technology of ROTAX motors has made BRP a leader in the recreational sector.
The engines are tested on 40 computerized test benches. Exceptional workmanship and reliability with high technical characteristics have allowed ROTAX to gain a leading position in its segment of the gasoline engine market. Today the company employs about 1200 workers and employees.