RX-8 Rotary Engine

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Ok, I know the new RX-8 has the rotary engine. Other than being a pain in the butt to fix, it has some advantages:
Advantages of a Rotary Engine

Light weight and compact.
Fewer moving parts.
Produces less vibration.
Offers significantly more horsepower than a reciprocating engine of comparable size.
Lower Nitrogen emissions.

But can someone fill me in on how it differs from regular engines and some of the more basics involved? I would appreciate just knowing more thats all.

thanks

posted by  Voda48

im jus curious, are u planning to buy an rx8?

posted by  e.1999-BTNH

Not a chance. I am just graduating college. One word..... Debt!!!

Besides if I were going to get a car it wouldn't be that.

posted by  Voda48

http://www.keveney.com/Wankel.html

posted by  lectroid

I own a 1988 mazda Rx7, it works in the same fashion as the newer redesigned Rx8. A great site is http://auto.howstuffworks.com/rotary-engine.htm tells you all the basic information and then some. Also I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

posted by  Jesse

well, tbh, the old rx-7, the late rx-7, n the rx-8 all share the same engine tbh, the 13B. just that mazda decided to go all fashion and give it the name RENESIS now. difference being that the rx-8's version is alot cleaner and more flexible. kinda like a refined engine.

posted by  Inygknok

They have started using SiC seals which has greatly improved the engine, one of our customers makes them.

posted by  cinqyg

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