Company history began in 1920, when (Germany) ROTAX-WERK AG was founded in Dresden. In 1943 the company moved to neighboring Austria in Wells, and after World War II settled in suburban Gunskirhene where and operates to this day.
ROTAX gained international fame in 1950, when the company Lohnerwerke GmbH began production scooter LOHNER. While ROTAX-WERK AG, the subsidiary company Lohnerwerke GmbH, supplying two-stroke engines for this legendary scooter. While LOHNER became one of the main means of transportation in the cities of post-war Austria.
Late fifties snowmobile inventor Joseph-Armand Bombardier realized his childhood dream: he founded in 1942, the firm L’Auto-Neige Bombardier (today — the corporation Bombardier Inc.) and began mass production of snowmobiles. J.-A. Bombardier began looking for a suitable engine for their vehicles Ski-Doo, and in 1962, he opted for the engines ROTAX. After eight years of successful collaboration, a Canadian corporation incorporated company ROTAX into its structure. The company later changed its name to Bombardier-ROTAX, then — BRP-ROTAX, and finally today the company is officially called BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co KG..
Except engines for snowmobiles, in the seventies ROTAX produces a lot of motorcycle engines of Motocross and Enduro series. By the end of the decade it was made more than 2 million units. Until the eighties ROTAX produced only two-stroke engines. In 1982 it announced the first four-stroke motorcycle engine.
In the early eighties in the U.S. emerged and began to quickly develop a new market: the small private aircraft with low cost — ultralights. ROTAX responds quickly to new trends and in 1982 began the production of light, reliable aircraft engines. Over the past three decades ROTAX firmly won its leading position in the market for aircraft engines trikes, ultralights and apparatus class VLA («very light aircraft»). More than 100,000 two- and four-stroke aircraft engine ROTAX have been produced up to now..
Currently, except for motorcycle, aircraft engines, and engines for snowmobiles, the company produces ROTAX engines for jet skis and boats SEA-DOO, as well as ground-based gasoline engines for fire pumps, agricultural installations, etc. Total production has exceeded six million engines.