The Wankel rotary engine is poised to return – once again

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The Wankel rotary engine, named after its German inventor, Felix Wankel, is simple, reliable and durable but Mazda is the only carmaker to have overcome the challenge it poses to achieve volume production. The motor has some disadvantages too but Mazda has persevered for decades and nearly 20 years after the Mazda R8 sports car was supposed to have signalled a Wankel revival, the Japanese manufacturer is poised to launch a new rotary-powered car. Dubbed the MX-30, the unique sports utility mates the engine to an electric motor and is due to appear in 2022. Felix Wankel was a pioneer and for a …

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