VIDEO: How A Rotary Engine Works And Why They Don’t Make Sense For Everyday Use

Rotary engines are glorious. They’ve graced some of the coolest machines ever made. Championed by Mazda, the rotary engine has become something of a legend in both normal cars (see: RX-7 and RX-8) as well as race cars. Honestly, I thought I knew what was up with the rotary engines. Not so apparently.

This was a pretty surprising video for me. I thought I knew how it worked and what all went down inside the engine as it cranked through to produce that fantastic sound.

But wait there’s more! The same channel, Engineering Explained, which you should all go subscribe to, takes a deeper dive in to why the rotary engine is dead. A sad state of affairs, but it’s the truth. Enjoy!

Written by Gregson

Gregson's love affair with cars began at a young age thanks to his father who introduced him to racing. He's been a fan ever since he saw his first race live at Watkins Glen at the age of 5. He loves GT3, F1, Rally, Touring, and Le Mans styles of racing. Intermediate knowledge of internal combustion engines. Any reading done for pleasure is devoted to automotive journalism. Gregson owns a WRX and can 4-wheel drift directly into your hedges, no sweat. He currently is a Senior Copywriter for McCann Torre Lazur specializing in pharmaceutical advertising. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Kate and their dog Savannah.


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