The Best Rotary-powered Vehicles You Can Buy, Plus a 40 hp…

Felix Wankel's rotary engine has been fascinating gearheads for decades. Even so, Wankels' engine has been generating more than its share of press recently, with some news sources speculating that the engine will be making a return as a compact range-extending generator in future plug-in hybrids from Audi and Mazda,… » 8/13/13 1:12pm 8/13/13 1:12pm

The Last Mazda Wankel Engine Has Been Built

Last Friday, June 22, 2012, the Wankel rotary engine's last remaining and steadfast devotee, Mazda, produced their final rotary engine in their Hiroshima plant. The Wankel engine never really fulfilled its promises and hopes, though over its history over 25 major automobile, motorcycle, tractor, and aircraft… » 6/26/12 4:00pm 6/26/12 4:00pm

The World's 'Fastest Amphibious Car' Is For Sale

You know what sucks? You're tearing down the road at a fun but safe 150 mph, when all of a sudden there's an estuary or a river or a pier or swimming pool or an ocean or some other sort of watery annoyance that seems like all it wants to do is make you stop having fun. I mean, come on! I know the Earth is 75% of that… » 5/14/12 12:00pm 5/14/12 12:00pm

The rotary engine explained by '60s edu-mation

Wankel's Rotary engine found little following in Europe after the demise of NSU, but Mazda embraced the technology like RX-8 owners embrace 2-for-1 Castrol deals. Here's a 1960's educational animation from Mazda explaining why the rotary engine is an advancement on that old piston-powered buggy your grandma drives. » 3/28/11 4:30pm 3/28/11 4:30pm