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Rotary-powered 1966 Volkswagen Beetle on Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno drives a rotary-powered Volkswagen Beetle

You never know what's going to turn up at Jay Leno's Garage. Leno is a fan of Wankel rotary engines and has featured a couple on the show in vehicles like a Mazda Cosmo 110S and a modified 1973 RX-3. This time, though, he featured a rotary engine in something a bit more unorthodox. This 1966... read more

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Teaser for new Mazda sports car concept debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda Confirms Development Of New Rotary, Will Preview It In Tokyo Concept

Mazda has been hinting at a new rotary for pretty much the last decade yet it seems that we’re still no closer to seeing the unique, Wankel-designed engine fitted to... read more October 27, 2015 by


 
Teaser for new Mazda sports car concept debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda Teases New Sports Car Concept Ahead Of 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda may be close to confirming plans for an all-new, rotary-powered sports car to fill the void left by the RX-8 which bowed out of production in 2012. The Japanese... read more September 29, 2015 by


 
Jay Leno Drives RX-7-Powered 1973 Mazda RX3

Jay Leno Drives RX-7-Powered 1973 Mazda RX-3: Video

If Jay Leno waits around a parking lot so he can talk to you about your car, rest assured, you've done a hell of a job with it. And that's exactly what happened here. ALSO... read more August 25, 2015 by


 
Rotary Engine Explained

The Rotary Engine's Inner Mysteries Explained: Video

While Motor Authority has written plenty about the rotary, or Wankel, engine over the years, our stories have generally gone in two distinct directions. The first flavor... read more June 17, 2015 by


 
Six-rotor race engine spits flames

This 6-Rotor Wankel Is The Soundtrack Of Hell: Video

What’s better than two rotors? Four! And what’s better than four rotors? SIX! DON’T MISS: Mad Mike Details His 1,200-HP 4-Rotor Miata Engine Build: Video... read more February 10, 2015 by


 
Mad Mike Mazda Drift Car

Mad Mike Details His 1,200-HP 4-Rotor Miata Engine Build: Video

Factory support in motorsports is a wonderful thing. Doors open up for you, money is easier to come by and, more importantly to racers, the parts start flowing like a... read more December 11, 2014 by


 
1999 Mazda RX-7

Mazda Rotary Sports Car Concept Coming In 2017, Production Version In 2020: Report

Recently, we heard Mazda was planning to launch not one but two rotary-powered sports cars within the decade. The first was to launch in 2017, to mark the 50th anniversary of... read more October 10, 2014 by


 
1999 Mazda RX-7

No New RX Sports Car Without A Rotary, Says Mazda Design Chief

There are probably few cars hinted at more via official channels than a new generation of the Mazda RX-7, but despite the rumors going back more than half a decade it feels... read more September 30, 2014 by


 
1999 Mazda RX-7

Mazda To Launch New RX-7 And RX-9 By 2020: Report

While there have been plenty of reports on the potential return of a rotary-powered sports car at Mazda, the latest has got to be the most ambitious yet. Motoring claims... read more August 21, 2014 by


 
Mazda rotary engine

Mazda's Rotary Engine Could Live On... In Electric Cars?

Fans of Mazda's rotary engines are among the most vociferous advocates you'll find in the automotive world. While some will never understand the appeal of rotary engines... read more November 25, 2013 by


 
Frazer-Nash Namir concept car

Britain’s Bristol Cars To Finally Unveil Electric Supercar: Report

Back in 2011, we heard that historic British automaker Bristol Cars was working on an electric supercar capable of reaching speeds close to 200 mph. The fact that the company... read more February 4, 2013 by


 
Rotary Supercars' latest teaser

Update: Rotary Supercars Reveals Details On New Project

Do you remember Rotary Supercars, the German manufacturer that was reportedly working on a supercar using a four-rotor Wankel engine? The same company that later announced a... read more December 11, 2012 by


 
1999 Mazda RX-7

New Mazda RX-7 To Coincide With Cosmo’s 50th Anniversary: Report

With the RX-8 bowing out of production earlier this year, Mazda is now left without a rotary engine in its lineup. The main reason for the engine’s demise are its heavy... read more November 2, 2012 by


 
Mazda rotary engine

Rotary Extended-Range Vehicle Coming Next Year, Says Mazda CEO

We’ve known for a while that Mazda was planning to reinvent the rotary engine as a range-extender for an electric car, but now the automaker’s CEO has confirmed... read more August 30, 2012 by


 
Rotary engine

Mazda Rotary Ends Production, May Return As Hydrogen Range-Extender

The last rotary-powered car from Mazda rolled off its production line in Japan on Friday, a 2011 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R sold only in the Japanese domestic market. With no... read more June 27, 2012 by


 
 

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