The Rotary Engine 1961


From the Cosmo to the RX-8.

A truly revolutionary engine does exactly that: it revolves. This was the thinking behind the rotary engine developed by Felix Wankel, where the combustion spins a flat disc rather than pushing pistons up and down.

1962 kam der erste Mazda PKW auf den Markt, der Mazda Carol.


Mazda acquired this technology in the late 50s and is the only manufacturer to continue using this alternative engine concept today. Ideal for use in sports cars thanks to their high RPMs and compact dimensions, the rotary engine featured in a number of exciting Mazdas, from the breathtaking Cosmo 110S to the legendary RX-7 and RX-8.


The rotary engine also featured in the 787 racers, famous for winning the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1991.