History of The Rotary Engine

The Wankel-engined Production History

Several production production cars used similar rotary power units, all of which are listed below. The fuel crisis of the mid-1970s made these thirsty units unattractive to consumers, and since then only Mazda has persisted in offering one. In 1991 its 787B racing car won the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race, the only Wankel rotary-engined car to do so.

  • 1963-67 NSU Wankel Spider – 2375 built
  • 1967-72 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – 1176 built
  • 1967-77 NSU Ro80 – 37,406 built
  • 1968-73 Mazda R100 – 95,891 built
  • 1969-72 Mazda R130 Luce – 39,273 built
  • 1970-71 Citroën M35 – 267 built
  • 1970-78 Mazda RX-2 – 225,688 built
  • 1971-78 Mazda RX-3 – 285,887 built
  • 1972-77 Mazda RX-4 -0 213,988 built
  • 1973-77 Mazda REPU – 16,272 built
    (The world’s only rotary pick-up; sold in the USA only)
  • 1974-75 Citroën GS Birotor – 847 built
  • 1974-76 Mazda Parkway – 44 built
    (The world’s only rotary minibus)
  • 1975-77 Mazda Roadpacer AP – 800 built
  • 1975-81 Mazda RX-5 Cosmo – 104,519 built
  • 1977-81 Mazda 929L Legato – Production unknown
  • 1978-84 Mazda RX-7 (SA/FB) – 570,500 built
  • 1981-86 Mazda Luce/929 – Production unknown
  • 1981-90 Mazda Cosmo – Production unknown
  • 1985-92 Mazda RX-7 (FC) – 272,027 built
  • 1986-91 Mazda Luce – Production unknown
  • 1990-95 Mazda Eunos Cosmo – 8,875 built
  • 1993-02 Mazda RX-7 (FD) – 68,589 built
  • 2003-12 Mazda RX-8 – 193,094 built

We’ve really enjoyed piecing this one together here at Infernal Co and hope to succeed it with ‘The Future of Rotary Power’ when we finish gathering the information together. As always, keep your eyes peeled!

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