The Wankel Rotary Engine

Author: John B. Hege
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786486588
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Conceived in the 1930s, simplified and successfully tested in the 1950s, the darling of the automotive industry in the early 1970s, then all but abandoned before resurging for a brilliant run as a high-performance powerplant for Mazda, the Wankel rotary engine has long been an object of fascination and more than a little mystery. A remarkably simple design (yet understood by few), it boasts compact size, light weight and nearly vibration-free operation. In the 1960s, German engineer Felix Wankel’s invention was beginning to look like a revolution in the making. Though still in need of refinement, it held much promise as a smooth and powerful engine that could fit in smaller spaces than piston engines of similar output. Auto makers lined up for licensing rights to build their own Wankels, and for a time analysts predicted that much of the industry would convert to rotary power. This complete and well-illustrated account traces the full history of the engine and its use in various cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and other applications. It clearly explains the working of the engine and the technical challenges it presented—the difficulty of designing effective and durable seals, early emissions troubles, high fuel consumption, and others. The work done by several companies to overcome these problems is described in detail, as are the economic and political troubles that nearly killed the rotary in the 1970s, and the prospects for future rotary-powered vehicles.


Author: Nicholas Faith
Publisher: Stein & Day Pub
Format: PDF, Docs
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An account of the invention, development, and limited manufacture of Felix Wankel's revolutionary rotary combustion engine and the various men and corporations involved with it since its first announcement

The Wankel rotary engine

Author: Harris Edward Dark
Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
Format: PDF, ePub
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Discusses the history and performance of the Wankel rotary engine and offers pointers on proper driving methods and maintenance

What about the Wankel engine

Author: Scott Corbett
Publisher: Atheneum
ISBN: 9780590073691
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A general discussion of engines and their history with emphasis on the Wankel rotary engine and its many advantages.

RX 7 Mazda s Rotary Engine Sports Car

Author: Brian Long
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1904788033
Format: PDF, ePub
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Enlarged new edition of the definitive international history of Mazda's extraordinary successful Wankel-engined coupes & roadsters right up to the end of production and the introduction of the RX-8.

The Automobile in American History and Culture

Author: Michael L. Berger
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313245589
Format: PDF
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Presents a collection of bibliographic essays that describe the history, culture, and impact of the automobile and automobile industry in the United States.