If We Can Put A Man On The Moon, A Mazda Rotary Can Be Installed In A Matra Murena!

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Say you've got a beater Mazda RX-7 with a good engine on one side of the garage and a clean Matra Murena with a miserable Simca engine on the other side. What do you do?

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Well, if you're this crazy Dutchman, you combine the two! This isn't one of those 12-pack-and-welder rotary-swap deals, like you and your hoodlum friends did with that $38 Chevette in your back yard last summer; the Murena is a cramped mid-engine/rear-drive car, and Mazda never made a transaxle assembly for their Wankel. So this guy whipped out the CAD application and designed himself an adapter plate to bolt the Mazda 12A to a Toyota Celica transaxle, which also involved making a custom input shaft, Toyota-Citroën hybrid axles, and many, many other fabricated components. A custom header adds to the fun, and- best of all- the guy built this car at work, where he had to hide the project from customers by lifting it onto a shelf with a forklift and covering it with cardboard. Now that's what we call an engine swap!
[Maztra.nl, thanks to Scroggzilla for the tip]

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AlienProbe
AlienProbe

I like the way this man thinks... Small displacement of the 12A Rotary is pretty ideal for a little compartment in a mid engine chassis. I'm wicked curious to how the cooling system is going to be rigged up though.

A well tuned rotary runs soooo smooth, if the car is properly balanced, I would imagine that it would drive like a dream. You would not have to worry too much about the vibration of pistons behind your back a'la Fiero.

Tonight, I will drink an extra beer in honor of this fine gentleman.