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11-08-2012, 03:03 AM #1
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How many remember Wankel?
Just ran across this entry:
Mazda builds final rotary engine
Mark it down, auto enthusiasts. Mazda built its last rotary engine on Friday, June 22.
By final, we mean the line that assembled Renesis engines for Mazda's RX-8 sports car was idled, and there are currently no plans to restart its production. Mazda has a long-running history of building Wankel powerplants, and its production of the high-revving engine has seen a few stutters since Mazda put the first dual-rotor Wankel in a production car in 1967.
Of course, it's always possible that Mazda finds a way to solve – or at least drastically improve – the failings of the Renesis: high fuel consumption and poor emissions. We've been hearing about the so-called 16X rotary for years, and we'd love to see it enter production at some point in the not-terribly-distant future.
For now, though, join us in remembering some of Mazda's past rotary-powered machinery in the image galleries above and below. Even if the world never sees another production rotary, at least it's been a good ride.2015 AAT - Ian Kinsler
I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final, you know. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me. - Alvy Singer
11-08-2012, 03:52 AM #2
Mazda is working on a high performance green turbo diesel that may debut at LeMans. Mazda has been prolific in racing since the 70's and I would think this motor will also find it's way into the RX8 or 9. I recall when the bearings wore out, the motor was junked. A friend learned how to rebuild them and began selling them back to racers. His improvements were much better than the current day race motors.Live your life for what it can be and not for what it was.
MMXIV AAT: KYLE RYAN; MMXV AAT: KYLE RYAN
11-08-2012, 09:45 AM #3
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11-08-2012, 09:45 AM #4
They are still around for other things as well. A few years ago I did some work for a place in Ohio who are developing a rotary engine for use in vehicles like jet ski's, and other small crafts. Not sure where they are now, but the design is basically the same. Will run on gas, propane, or natty gas.
Neat stuff.The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it - John Kenneth Galbraith
11-08-2012, 10:08 AM #5
I came close to buying a GLC in 1978. I weighed the decision against getting married and moving to a new city.
The marriage has lasted 34 years. Much longer than the "Great Little Car" would have"I fear the man who drinks water and remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night" Benjamin Franklin
11-08-2012, 10:14 AM #62015 AAT: Traded!
2013 AAT: Traded!
2012 AAT: Traded!
11-08-2012, 10:25 AM #7
11-08-2012, 01:00 PM #8
I owned a little Mazda station wagon in the early 70s. It had a rotary engine and was a lot of fun to drive. I remember assembling the plastic model of the engine.
I divorced the car along with the wife who drove it in 1977. She got the Wankel, I got the Rabbit.Bruce
11-08-2012, 04:51 PM #9
11-08-2012, 06:55 PM #10
It might sound sexy but it's really not. Especially when it doesn't work.The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it - John Kenneth Galbraith