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Pipe Dream: Mazda MX-5 with a Rotary Factory


2004 Mazda RX-8

2004 Mazda RX-8

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 Today’s topic on Sports Car Monitor seems to be focused on modern rotary powered Mazdas.

With the rumors last month of a new RX-7 coming out with the X16, direct-injection rotary, hopes are up despite the fact that there is no real information that the RX-7 is going to come out.

Some are hoping for something entirely different: an MX-5 with a rotary. Adding the high revving, powerful x16 into the lightweight, well handling MX-5 would be a dream come true.

However, some have made this a reality. In 2006, Stefan Janssen of Hansa-Mobile GmbH has made a modern, rotary powered roadster by using the drivetrain from an RX-8. The car was dubbed the Hansa 23R.

According to Pistonheads.com, the Hansa 23R has “…a modified bonnet, up-rated brake system and steering, OZ wheels with Yokohama tyres, sport suspension, weight optimised, exhaust, and more.”

The 2006 said that the tuning firm was going to offer the conversion starting in the summer of 2007. However, no current website can be found for Hansa-Mobile GmbH.

Still there are multiple videos of the car on Youtube here and here.

While there may have been only one Hansa 23R, let us wish some Mazda engineers get the itch and try to make it themselves.

[Source: pistonheads.com]

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