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Engine revolution: Mazda’s rotary and its uncertain future
Conventional gas and diesel engines do a commendable job serving car and truck owners’ needs, but futurists insist that electric motors will eventually supplant them as the power source of choice. Some 50 years ago, a similar situation cropped up: Mazda’s ultrasmooth rotary engine had bright hopes of sending pistons the way of the buggy whip. With Mazda celebrating its 100th birthday this year, what better time to toast the brand’s most ambitious technical stride?
I'd love to see an RX-9, but without a hybrid system or cheaper alternative fuels, it doesn't seem very likely. However, if Mazda is looking to prove me wrong, I am ready with a deposit. Until then I will keep enjoying my 1991 RX-7 Turbo.