Rob Dahm is a man of many varied and particular talents. He’s a successful entrepreneur, runs a YouTube channel with nearly 200,000 subscribers, owns the unluckiest Lamborghini Diablo in the universe, and he’s an avid Mazda RX-7 enthusiast. But when he tried to ship a very peculiar engine to America for one RX-7, the…
Might. MIGHT. I’ve been burned before on this one, so I’m having a hard time believing it. But Australia’s Motoring, citing reports and the rendering you see above from a Japanese car magazine, claims the mysterious concept sports car Mazda will unveil at the Tokyo Motor Show could have a rotary engine after all.
It’s amazing where a bit of luck can land you. Over the last few days, I’ve found myself adrift without GPS on a sinuous bit of remote Japanese rural road, blitzing along in a Murcielago R-GT without ear protection, and the lone Westerner in a Mazda fan event numbering 1200 cars - and then Yojiro Terada broke out the…
There aren’t many Mazda RX-7 rally cars out there, let alone rally-winning RX-7s. Here’s one doing some much-deserved celebratory donuts.
The Mazda RX-500 is bonkers even by concept car standards. It had a 491cc rotary engine revving to 14,000 RPM and made a whopping 247 horsepower. Welcome to Japan in 1970.
Oh hey, look. Another day, another news report about a new Mazda RX-7 that's in the works, for real, and is really gonna hit the streets and be sold to actual humans in just a few years. Really. Seriously!
Some say that rotary engines are unreliable because the entire burden of their development lay only on one or two carmakers. Nope. Time to bust this pirate's chest of truth wide open and plunder its veracity booty.
The guy who invented the rotary engine was a Jew-hating militaristic Nazi who was so ardently fascist he got thrown out of his own party, twice. Yes, Felix Wankel was a Nazi nutjob.
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…
The Mazda RX-4 was never really known as a sports car, especially here in the United States. It was a weird little Japanese coupe with a weird little Japanese engine, and that was that. A weird car for weird people. That is completely not the case with this 813 WHP six-rotor beast.
I've seen a lot of engine fires in my day, and I've seen plenty of burnout-related engine fires. I've just never seen a burnout-spawned rotary engine explosion before.
Welcome to Forgotten Cars, where we highlight fascinating cars and engines that are obscure, unrecognized and lost to the passage of time.
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…
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…
This is Jeff Kiesel at Orange County's El Toro air base back in 2009, storming through the cones in a 370 horsepower turbocharged Mazda 13b-powered "Bugeye" Sprite. It's 74.4 seconds and 1,810 pounds of absurdly precise fury.
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.