Ah, the Wankel. You magnificent, high-reving feat of unorthodox engineering. Your biggest champion, Mazda, may have left you – at least for the moment – but that doesn't mean some mad mechanics can't rally you and a few friends for a high-horsepower party.

The folks over at Pulse Performance Race Engineering of New Zealand have constructed an engine made from six, count 'em, six Wankel rotors. The mere fact that this engine starts and runs is a testament to the mechanical know-how of these guys. For comparison's sake, Mazda's own Le Mans-winning 787 prototype utilized a four-rotor Wankel. Another four-rotor was constructed by BMI Racing's "Mad Mike," whose engines are worked on by Pulse Performance.

Scroll below to see the video and hear it for yourself. The engine's sound is not what you would expect from a rotary, and if we're being honest we don't find it terribly pleasant to listen to, but it's still an awfully impressive feat of engineering. We're not sure what kind of vehicle this insane powerplant will grace (we're guessing a drag car), but whatever it is, it figures to be one-of-a-kind.


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      RJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is it a miracle it works? Phase the rotors properly, with respect to one another, fuel and spark it correctly, and there's no reason it won't at least start. Doesn't anyone on these boards actually turn a wrench on their own cars?
        nitrostreet
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RJC
        LOL some do: 1000 HP '57 Chevy street car; 8.98 @150.70 MPH.......about 20 years ago, into street rods now, a little more laid back
      mymagma
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like the new Skrillex jam.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      George Kennedy, that is exactly the kind of sound we'd expect from a rotary engine. Do you know what a car is?
        Cory Stansbury
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Good post. This is exactly what I'd expect it to sound like. Sounds like a 20b x2
      FC3S4ever
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a ******* beast. This thing is the ultimate engine. Can't wait to hear it at 10k rpm.
      Timmy 'O Tool
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did you know that "Tim the tool man Taylor" is the brains behind this, yeah makes sense now hey. hahaha
      sonbuster
      • 2 Years Ago
      it also clubs seals
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the Wankel rotary engine has LOT of life left int. I'm not sure who will carry the torch, but it's a phenomenal powerplant in search of some high-tech solutions regarding gas mileage.
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like someone's garage project. Wait a minute...
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      i looove the sound of the wankel engine...especially in a straight pipe rx-7, the back fire when shifting is louder than a gun shot!
      Jesse Gurr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds kinda like one of those old steam locomotives trying to start from a dead stop. Sounds really cool though. I wonder how loud it was in there. Hope they wore ear plugs. I found some old video of the mazda rotary from le mans and they really do sound alike. http://youtu.be/JdbXZdLn-VQ
      eeenok
      • 2 Years Ago
      might make a nice (insane) drop-in replacement for a straight six engine somewhere
      Fredrick Tsang
      • 2 Years Ago
      are they going to put a turbo on it? :D:D:D
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