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 cites either official sources or informed—and hopeful—speculation to debate the question of whether Mazda will ever deliver another RX sports car.

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The second highlights the Satanic symphonies created when mad scientists employ multiple rotors, as for instance in the glorious, Le Mans-winning Mazda 787B. 

But today, we thought we'd take a different tack, and explore the anatomy of the innovative engine via computer animation.

Matt Rittman's video should prove interesting to folks curious about pistonless power—or indeed any gearhead who's ever stumbled over the details while trying to explain this witchcraft at a bar.



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