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Mazda Co-Sponsors 100th Birthday Celebration
Submitted by SuperUser on Monday, July 8, 2002 - 12:00am

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Mazda is co-sponsoring the 100th birthday celebration of Dr Wankel. As reported earlier, the main festivities are taking place in Germany. Events will be held in the German city of Lindau from 2nd July to 6th October 2002.
Mazda is co-sponsoring in cooperation with the Museum for Technology and Labour in Mannheim, an exhibition of Wankel's (1902-1988) life works who has established the fundamental principle of rotary engines by overcoming great difficulties. The exhibition will display many of his ideas, trials and concepts which eventually led to the invention of rotary engine in the early 1960s.

For those of you that can't make it to Germany for the festivities, please join us at SevenStock 5 in Irvine, Ca this fall! Celebrate the Rotary Engine with thousands of Rotorhead enthusiasts!


Mazda Collaborates in Celebrating 100th Birthday of Inventor of Rotary Engine, Dr. Wankel

Mazda Motor Corporation will take part in the celebration of the 100th birthday of Dr. Felix Wankel, the inventor of the rotary engine. Events will be held in the German city of Lindau from 2nd July to 6th October 2002.

Mazda is co-sponsoring in cooperation with the Museum for Technology and Labour in Mannheim, an exhibition of Wankel's (1902-1988) life works who has established the fundamental principle of rotary engines by overcoming great difficulties. The exhibition will display many of his ideas, trials and concepts which eventually led to the invention of rotary engine in the early 1960s. A less well-known research area that Felix Wankel was dedicated to, rotary engines for boats, will also be presented to the public. This small but impressive exhibition demonstrates very clearly that Felix Wankel's idea is still very much alive.

Mazda, the only car manufacturer who has committed to this ingenious invention by Felix Wankel from the 1960's right up to the present day, will collaborate in this exhibition and also exhibit numerous rotary engine equipped vehicles to display the historical development of rotary engines. With important exhibits, including a model of the Cosmo sport 100S from 1967 Mazda 787B, the winning car in the 24 hour Le Mans race in 1991 as well as past Mazda rotary engine equipped vehicles, Mazda is documenting its contribution to the development of the rotary engine over the years. In addition, the Mazda future of this technology is on display in the form of the new generation rotary engine RENESIS and a design model of Mazda RX-8.*
*Note: Exhibition of RX-8 will be from 1st to 13th August.


History of Mazda and rotary engine
As early as 1961, Mazda was working in cooperation with NSU who worked with Dr. Wankel for the series production of rotary engine. 1967 to the present, Mazda has produced over 1.8 million vehicles equipped with rotary engines.

Mazda 's design model of RX-8
The exhilarating RX-8 production design model was unveiled for the first time at Tokyo Motor Show in October 2001 and has since appeared at Detroit, Geneva and Toronto Motor shows. This model will be exhibited from 1st to 13th August in Lindau alongside the latest generation rotary engine of the RENESIS. RENESIS is much more compact and lighter than the previous rotary engine. This means the engine can be installed 60mm further to the rear and 40mm lower behind the front axle than in the RX-7. The result is a very low center of gravity and an ideal weight distribution of 50:50 between the rear and front axles, which helps to deliver genuine sports car handling as well as a unique package design. The naturally-aspirated engine not only manages a considerable 184kW (250PS) at 8,500rpm, but also achieves superb smooth acceleration distinctive to this type of engines.

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