Mazda demonstrated to the world a rotary could stay the distance.
Since it looks like Mazda may very well revive the Wankel rotary engine as a range extender for electric cars, there's no better time to become reacquainted with the quirky internal-combustion engine. And there's hardly a better way to become reacquainted than by peering into a running rotary engine, which you can do with the video above.
A rotary may come, but it might not be what you're hoping for.
There's evidence that it will happen.
It's still unlikely, but somewhat less so.
And like any dream, it probably won't be there when we wake up.
We previously saw similar tech in a Mazda2 rotary hybrid.
The rotary sportscar you want probably isn't coming any time soon, but it's in Mazda's interest to lead you on.
Mazda's drivetrain and powertrain assistant manager wants the company's revived rotary engine to be turbocharged.
For the last eight years, a dedicated team of 50 engineers at Mazda have been working with a small budget to bring the rotary engine back.
Jay Leno gets to experience one of Mercedes' most interesting vintage concepts on the road with a drive in the 1970 C111-II concept.
Every few months, it seems a rumor crops up about plans from Mazda to revive the rotary engine. Last November, its CEO said the only way another one could happen is if the project was profitable, and then a month later the automaker showed off the Mazda2 RE Range Extender with a 330cc Wankel engine mounted in the rear. Now, Australian auto site Motoring reports that the PHEV may actually make production in the next-gen Mazda2 sometime after it's initial launch.
We have some very sad news to report, rotor-heads fans: Don't expect a new rotary-powered vehicle anytime soon. This comes straight from Masamichi Kogai, the CEO of Mazda, which is the only company to ever market a commercially successful rotary-powered automobile in the world. The issue, as it has pretty much always been, is environmental.
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.
Fear not, rotaryphiles. According to a report from The Detroit News, Mazda isn't giving up on the rotary engine anytime soon. Though the RX-8 is headed for the production guillotine, Mazda execs have apparently confirmed that engineers are working on a more efficient and more powerful version of the Wankel. While the project was technically back-burnered during the economic downturn, the research wasn't canned outright. That means that there's a chance that the rotary could make a comeback. What