What It's Like To Drive Europe's Last Rotary Powered Car

West German NSU launched the Wankel rotary-engined Ro80 in 1967. Their revolutionary sedan won the European Car of the Year award in 1968, but also left bankrupt NSU by 1969. Almost half a century later, driving it is a unique and surprisingly pleasant experience. » 11/07/14 12:30pm 11/07/14 12:30pm

What Motoring Idea Sounds Great On Paper But Is Actually Really Bad?

We received a whole bunch of tips about that interesting Solar Roadway idea, and we were intrigued, until we realized that the Solar Roadway would probably be incredibly expensive, just to start. But a lot of genius ideas for your car sound really good, at least at first, on paper. » 5/31/14 1:11pm 5/31/14 1:11pm

The Inventor Of The Rotary Engine Was A Nazi Nutjob

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. » 8/13/13 4:31pm 8/13/13 4:31pm

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

Used Car Face Off: Joining The Mazda Rotary Club

Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely! » 7/28/13 2:00pm 7/28/13 2:00pm

These Are The Craziest Wankel Cars Ever Made (That Aren't Mazdas)

The Wankel engine is the greatest automotive engine story that never was. It was the way of the future, a simpler engine for an easier life. And today, not one single car is being made with one. Mazda gave it a go for a few years with greats like the 787B and the RX-7, but they weren't the only ones. » 7/27/13 1:38pm 7/27/13 1:38pm

For $4,100, This MX5 Will Have You Humming A New Tune

If you’ve ever thought that you oughta’ boughta’ Miata, then perhaps today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe rotary roadster will be the catalyst that makes you finally pull the trigger. That is of course if its price doesn’t blow it. » 4/15/13 8:00am 4/15/13 8:00am

You Didn’t Know Bees Could Fly Backwards

This is New Zealand's Mad Mike Whiddett in his four-rotor RX-7 unlocking the Super Most Excellent Drifting Achievement: the backwards entry drift. It's like a cloud of furious bees, going backwards. » 9/13/12 1:00pm 9/13/12 1:00pm

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 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

The Most Awesome Petrolhead Birthday Gift Ever

I’ve turned 30 today. My wife and her mother got me a set of bespoke cufflinks in the shape of Wankel engine rotors. Life is officially awesome. » 8/27/10 3:00pm 8/27/10 3:00pm

Get Your Rx Filled for $16,000

In the ‘70s, Mazda had an ad campaign saying that while other cars go boing, boing boing, Mazdas go Hmmmmmm. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe RX2 hails from that era, but its updates might just make you go boing! » 5/19/10 8:00am 5/19/10 8:00am

REPORT: Mazda To Axe RX-8

The slow-selling refreshed Mazda RX-8 is on its way out according to a source at Mazda HQ. Fortunately, a new Mazda RX-7 is rumored to be in the works. Wanks for the memories! [Motor Trend] » 5/05/10 12:30pm 5/05/10 12:30pm

PCH, By The Time I Get To Arizona Edition: NSU, Glas, Triumph, or Benz?

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! You say picking one of two choices hurts your brain? Fine! We'll give you four choices today! » 3/28/10 3:00pm 3/28/10 3:00pm

Flame-On With a $2,600 RX7 Convertible!

The Wankel engine has always proved that Mazda marches to a different beat. As it's getting toward convertible weather, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has a flambe-painted '89 drop-top at a price you might find hard to beat. » 3/24/10 8:00am 3/24/10 8:00am

LeMons Torture Test Results: Mazda RX-7

Like the Porsche 944, we were surprised by how poorly many RX-7s fare in the 24 Hours Of LeMons (though the succeed/fail breakdown seems to be an all-or-nothing sort of deal, with few falling in the middle third of the standings). Fuel system ailments and fragile suspensions seem to be the weak points. » 1/17/10 10:00pm 1/17/10 10:00pm

Jalopnik's 9 Favorite Vintage Mazda Commercials

When an automaker builds a car named the Cosmo Big Run Genteel, you know they're going to make some good television advertisements. Yes, we're talking about Mazda here! » 9/27/09 3:00pm 9/27/09 3:00pm

1969 Toyota Corona for a Humming $3,000!

The people will survive. In their environment. The Nice Price or Crack Pipe — Of this Toyota. It's gotta' Mazda mill. The better to go fast. You could have a Corona, $3,000 deposit. . . » 8/21/09 8:00am 8/21/09 8:00am

1972 Datsun 1200 For A Humming $8,000!

Frankenstein ran amok due to a maniac's brain being plugged into his lag-bolted skull. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe brings you another crazy transplant that'll let you run mid-elevens. » 7/22/09 7:00am 7/22/09 7:00am