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Rotary Engines Reimagined

Posted March 18, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The last rotary engine-powered production vehicle rolled off the Mazda assembly line in 2012. Since almost all conversation regarding the future of rotary engines begins and ends with Mazda, auto enthusiasts are wondering, will Mazda revive its rotary engine? Perhaps with some unique — and even mysterious — ideas about how to do so.


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03/19/2017 9:10 PM

Suzuki produced a rotary-engined motorcycle. The RE5 had a three-year production run. Way too complicated for a motorcycle with the technologies at that time and only achieve fuel mileage of about 31 miles per gallon which is abysmal for a 500 cc motorcycle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_RE5

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03/21/2017 2:00 PM

In motorcycles there was also a rotary engined hurricane and norton put out a couple of models. The hurricane was one weird sounding bike.

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03/20/2017 9:57 AM

I'm waiting for them to put one in an MX-5 Miata!

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03/22/2017 10:11 AM

Having owned an RX8 and now own a NC MX5 Miata i can say that with the last produced 13-b engine the performance can be surpassed with the in line four over the rotary using around 5 lbs of boost. The low end torque of the 13-b is dismal but the upper end >6000 rpm is very fun.

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03/20/2017 11:01 AM

Some things were just never meant to be.....

The original Roadog ....

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03/20/2017 4:01 PM

That's an interesting way of steaming or toasting some balls.

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03/20/2017 3:43 PM

I will pass....I would rather have a good radial engine design with external combustion. Holding out hope is like an open hand held out. You cannot offer much substance, and at the same time, risk a slap.

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