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Rotary Engines - Why YOU Should Love Them, Even Though They SUCK | WheelHouse

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The rotary engine is well known in the automotive community, both for reliability issues and for being amazing. So is the rotary engine really one of the coolest engines ever or is it a poor design that should be left behind?
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  1. Donut Media

    Donut Media

    Prieš 10 dienų

    BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP What's your favorite Dorito flavor?

    • The Ice Champion

      The Ice Champion

      Prieš 5 val

      13b 2 rotor 1971 fitted in an rx3

    • The Goat

      The Goat

      Prieš dieną

      A reuleux one

    • FreyjaTofu


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    • the ultimategmoney 2019 NASCAR dude

      the ultimategmoney 2019 NASCAR dude

      Prieš 3 dienas

      The purple 1 aka the rx7

    • Jesus Martinez

      Jesus Martinez

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  2. Thad Wilson

    Thad Wilson

    Prieš 22 val

    Any chance you all could be as good without the curse words? I love watching these videos with my kids

  3. adanconst


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    Can someone please please please for the love of god let me know what's that song's name? It starts @ 5:53 and ends @7:01

  4. Trent Robey

    Trent Robey

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    Felix wankel was a Nazi s.s officer

  5. Trent Robey

    Trent Robey

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    Wtf is this millennial wearing a grandpa shirt for!!

  6. Tyler Broughton

    Tyler Broughton

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    I would LOVE a RX-7 FD, but in the meantime I have a 392 Scat Pack Challenger since in Canada a Rotary is hit or miss for whether it will start or not in the winter. LOL

  7. Anthony Flores

    Anthony Flores

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    Always wanted hans rx

  8. Seth jk06

    Seth jk06

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    So these things are like the 2 strokes of cars?

  9. kursed13


    Prieš 2 dienas

    Wanker talking about Wenkels, good job Donut!

  10. James Barrick

    James Barrick

    Prieš 2 dienas

    Show me a rotary engine fan boy and I will show you a dumb ass

  11. Emmanuel Ham

    Emmanuel Ham

    Prieš 2 dienas

    First picture you call rx2 is not an rx2 is a rx4. Also there was a smaller car after the original Cosmo with a tiny 2 rotor engine called the r100 with a 1000 cc engine

  12. Branon Fontaine

    Branon Fontaine

    Prieš 2 dienas

    Ls swap NOTHING.....Coyote swap EVERYTHING......

  13. Nyquil For The Kill

    Nyquil For The Kill

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Reuleaux is pronounced Reh Low

  14. Kyle kyle

    Kyle kyle

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Bring back science garage😭

  15. Damyan ExSSeSS Georgiev

    Damyan ExSSeSS Georgiev

    Prieš 3 dienas

    As long as there is still Doritos on the table, i will keep eating them! 👌❤

  16. J Nobody

    J Nobody

    Prieš 3 dienas

    i was sold before i came buy now i wanna buy 2

  17. Vance L

    Vance L

    Prieš 3 dienas

    *Watches video on a terrible engine expecting hate* *Finishes video wanting a rotary build* The sounds!

  18. Hafiz Oktri

    Hafiz Oktri

    Prieš 3 dienas

    no offense but shouldn't this be in Science Garage?

  19. Ajay Kumar Prasad

    Ajay Kumar Prasad

    Prieš 3 dienas

    0:18 *OH THAT FC!!!*

  20. Sydwell Tlhola

    Sydwell Tlhola

    Prieš 3 dienas

    I thought I was watching Science Garage and Up to Speed for a second...

  21. Vegaベガ


    Prieš 3 dienas

    podemos ponerle atención a las puertas suicidas de el mazda rx 8?

  22. Jose Mercado

    Jose Mercado

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Men! You miss all the DRAG aplicación that the Rotarys had! In Puerto Rico we have the fastes one! 3rotors 2rotors And Also 12a engine

  23. Skizzy 1

    Skizzy 1

    Prieš 4 dienas

    I get love, and hate for my RX-8, but I love it with a 20B engine! Sounds, and drives amazing!

  24. Z F

    Z F

    Prieš 4 dienas

    I dunno, rotaries have always kinda sounded like weed whackers to me...

  25. amicloud


    Prieš 4 dienas

    Love my RX-8.

  26. Grandafmor Blacksmith

    Grandafmor Blacksmith

    Prieš 4 dienas

    Me and my friend are ones of those people ;) Rx7 FC, still NA but not for long :D

  27. Patrick Mittel

    Patrick Mittel

    Prieš 4 dienas

    I'm back from my nice 8 day vacation in prague and i've seen a total of 4 rx 8's and it's just crazy

  28. ETTEM


    Prieš 4 dienas

    ...but they're sucking air, right? *Right?*

  29. Ben Stevens

    Ben Stevens

    Prieš 4 dienas

    Still have my rx8

  30. zoefaith120


    Prieš 4 dienas

    My buddy. Had a 1983 rx7. Green 5 speed and. It would fly .not god quick but yes the rpm and sound was great. The car was low as crap. I actually rode back in the hatch to school in high school. Glory days. Some cars just put a smile on my face really easy. Miss that old car.

  31. Alexey Zaboev

    Alexey Zaboev

    Prieš 4 dienas

    9:17 - *rotary screams* - subtitles says [Music] Shieet, that's true

  32. Trek2m


    Prieš 4 dienas

    I have a 2002 mazda protege lx with a wankel engine and it runs almost as good as the day I bought it and it has never burnt oil it runs so clean every time I go to get it smogged they compare it to a hydrogen engine. Mazda wants to buy it back they say its the only one still on the streets I love my car I am its one and only mechanic and its never blown or wore down any seals.

  33. Rui Kazane

    Rui Kazane

    Prieš 4 dienas

    でもね、アタシローターりわ好き...2Strokeみたい! このエンジンわ人間みたいから。たいへん、むずかし、悩みです! Mazda Smile!

  34. JayJay Perez

    JayJay Perez

    Prieš 4 dienas

    Yall need to come to puertorico it is the paradise of rotary ik is not torqui but is a different engine but is still a loveable sound and the brap brap brap thats nice ill still love that engine❤

  35. MrStoneycool69


    Prieš 4 dienas

    Because they're pseudo 2 strokes....I still have my FB RX7 after 17 years....

  36. Melanie Parker

    Melanie Parker

    Prieš 4 dienas

    Except for the center section oil seal housing that breaks off

  37. tommy d u b b s

    tommy d u b b s

    Prieš 5 dienų

    I don't think it's loved at all, Toretto just drove one and that's about it lol

  38. John Burns

    John Burns

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    Mazda have done promising research on HCCI ignition for its SkyActiv-R rotary engine project using research from its SkyActive 2 program. They have removed the need to locate the spark plug outside the combustion chamber to allow the rotor to sweep past. Mazda solved this in the SkyActiv-R rotary project. Rotaries generally have high compression ratios giving the design easy adoption of homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI). It looks like the next Mazda rotary will not have a spark plug and be HCCI ignition. Fuel consumption will match piston engines and when used at a constant speed genny as in a hybrid, outperform piston engines with all the advantages of low weight, small size, super-smooth, simplicity, etc. The expectation will be that the engine will be introduced in 2020, the 100th anniversary of Mazda. Looking good. Rotaries are better suited to constant speed, high efficiency genset applications rather than direct drive via gearboxes. In that application piston engines cannot compete. Rotaries are better suited for series-hybrid cars being much superior than piston engines. Direct fuel injection and laser ignition will improve the Wankel considerably when introduced. The problem of unburnt fuel in the exhaust will be eliminated improving emissions and fuel consumption. The engine performs very, very well in fuel consumption and emissions running at a 'constant speed' turning a generator - its most efficient "sweet spot". Wankels lose efficiency dramatically when they are revved up and down as when directly driving a car. The engine has a vastly superior power-weight ratio than piston/crank engines and is about one third of the size and weight of a piston engine for a similar power output. All these positive attributes combine to make a superb range extender, when the wheels are turned by electric motors. If a car is plugged in each night and uses grid power to run most of the time, then wear on these units will be negligible. As the engine is only periodically used, the life of the engine is greatly extended. Also newer metallurgic techniques are being used to make the engines. Even when batteries are depleted, the Wankel can provide enough electricity to power the car and still be economical. It takes only 25 to 30hp to propel a large American car down the highway at 70mph. Yet they put engines in them that can output 150 to 200hp. Most of that output is for acceleration and heavy loads. Highly inefficient. The great thing about a series-hybrid is that the generating engine works totally independent of the demands of the electric driving motor, enabling maximum efficiency when running. This means the generating engines can be greatly downsized. The battery acts as an energy buffer to give acceleration boosts. Mazda announced a rotary in a hybrid will be available in 12-18 months.

  39. MS Paint

    MS Paint

    Prieš 5 dienų

    It's a shame they didn't put the video from Mazzei Formula in here, this is one of the sickiest sounding rx7s I've ever seen

  40. raheem7266


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    What's the song that plays at 0:16



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    I wouldnt doubt tht Mazda will make another rotary car again. Or at least use another companies support to make it happen.

  42. Le. Farquad

    Le. Farquad

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    I wish they would discontinue mustangs.

  43. Lolo Uro

    Lolo Uro

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    I just farted flames!!

  44. YamahaYFS200


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    THIS IS NOT SCIENCE GARAGE! Nolan is cool, but bring back Bart you god damn heathens! I can only absorb automotive information if it's told to me by Mr.Bart I HATE LACK OF BART

  45. clownavenger


    Prieš 5 dienų

    Mazda need to design a skyactiv rotary car. Id buy it immediately. the gas mileage on my 2011 rx8 is abysmal in the city. maybe 12 mpg or so.

  46. nel c

    nel c

    Prieš 5 dienų

    You are asking me to love a fatty girl even though they smell?

  47. Fred Flintstone

    Fred Flintstone

    Prieš 5 dienų

    Thanks so much for information info on rotory , I have RX-8 renisses 231 hp out the crate.iwant 4 rotor engine but ent got cash at moment, any donations grateful received 😎

  48. Steve Denton

    Steve Denton

    Prieš 5 dienų

    8:34 Johnny Herbert, Nicest guy on the F1 circuit

  49. Yahiaoui Senouci

    Yahiaoui Senouci

    Prieš 5 dienų

    i can see nolan eating on some butcher and sippin nos on the low with james not sharing a piece u know. just there smackin in the corner by themselves like vultures hahahaha

  50. Emma Fitzgibbon

    Emma Fitzgibbon

    Prieš 5 dienų

    Thats an rx4 not an rx2

  51. efini_fc


    Prieš 5 dienų

    2020 Olympics will be a great time to unveil a new car to the world. 20/20 perfect vision...RX-Vision.

  52. Dharma Rotary

    Dharma Rotary

    Prieš 5 dienų

    you dont need to push in so much more money in the wankel /rx8 development, its just the potential owners are getting more unreliable and dumber and dumber every year, you just wait and see what they will do with the Rx9 . big rocket science to understand and make daily out of a wankel ... bunch of swap experts, they will put the Bmw supra crap in it before the warranty expires. If Mazda really wants to sell Wankel cars angro, should start first engineering some Skyactiv spaceship containers to deliver the cars to Kepler-452b , more chances there to find real driver/owners for them and not just 'holders'' on registration, on this planet ...dangerously out of stock ...

  53. 23kilkenny23


    Prieš 5 dienų

    what no mention of Rolls Royce experimenting with a diesel rotary????

    • 23kilkenny23


      Prieš 5 dienų

      btw i own a 05 rx-8 and i thrash the shit outta of it and its still going strong after 162,000 kms

  54. Dean Shinault

    Dean Shinault

    Prieš 5 dienų

    Suzuki built a rotary motorcycle, the RE5, but they didn't trust their mechanics to work on it. The repair procedure was to pull the engine, place it in a wooden crate, ship it to Japan, and await return. There is a small cult following for the bike online now, which is pretty cool.

  55. Rilly Show

    Rilly Show

    Prieš 5 dienų

    Rx8? Might be a fun daily. It still looks good. Maintaining might be pricey but car payments are worse.

  56. Michael McGill

    Michael McGill

    Prieš 5 dienų

    I bought my RX7 GS new in 1984. I still own it and drive it weekly. 174,000 miles on the original 12A rotary engine. Still running strong and passes smog. It's the ultimate anti-Tesla.

  57. Ryan Murphy

    Ryan Murphy

    Prieš 5 dienų

    As an RX 8 owner, nice vid mate.

  58. Ypres Salient

    Ypres Salient

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    Really not gonna mention the Mazda Furai?

  59. Edna Hipolito

    Edna Hipolito

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  60. Andrew Scott

    Andrew Scott

    Prieš 6 dienų

    Citroen also had a rotary. They were losing so much money on warranty claims, they bought every one made back.