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Great animation! I lusted after the Suzuki RE5 when I was young....long time ago.
 

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I had a couple of Mazda RX-2s. For only 70 cubic inch displacement( I think, it's only been since 1974), they ran crazy fast. I could hold my own against pretty strong small block v-8s. I had one of mine up to 130 m.p.h.(indicated) at 4500 ft. altitude in New Mexico. Too bad the best I could get for fuel mileage was about 18 mpg. That and the tendency to have the rotor seals fail early in the life of the motor pretty much doomed the car at the time for Mazda.


Okay, the engine was 1140 cc which converts to about 70 c.i. Pretty wild huh. It also had a four barrel carb that wouldn't look out of place on a v-8 and the engine produce 130 h.p. Wow! The neat thing about a Wankel is it fires three time per rotor revolution, almost like having a six cylinder engine in a package that you could carry around.


Fun car, outstanding performance.

Hobie
 

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my buddy had a old rx7 that had a rotary engine in it man could that thing take a beating
 

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RX-7s were scarey fast. There were a lot of crashes with new owners because the car could out run their thought processes.;)

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yup and thats what eventually happend to him he got thrown from the car thats the only thing that saved his life cuz if he was to stay in the car to finsih the crash he'd have been dead

those cars were super light about the weight of a for escort but the horsepower was unbelieveable there were many times we were goin 130-140mph at the drop of a hat
 

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Great engine!!!

Few moving parts=lower maintenance and cost.

A lot of bang for the buck.

Thank you Mr. Wankle.:thumbsup:
 

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heyyyyyy thats a good idea put that motor in a bike man i bet i'd be fast
 

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[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/gIsNQbGJowY&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]
 

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Actually Suzuki must have gotten the bugs out of the design. There are members of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club www.vjmc.org that have over 150,000 miles on Suzuki RE-5s that have never been apart. It would definitely be a cool bike to own. I believe Norton or Triumph also made a rotary powered motorcycle just before they went out of business.
 

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Hercules Motorcycles was the first to have a rotary in a motorcycle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_(motorcycle) one at the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. Nipe
 
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