How a Wankel Rotary Engine Works

One of my favorite things to say is “Wankel Rotary Engine.” I don’t get to often enough. It’s one of the more innovative and interesting engine designs we’ve seen in automotive and for a while, Mazda made a name for themselves with it.

Although largely out of production for automotive now, it’s quite likely that the rotary engine will make a comeback in some form soon. The design has some strengths that could be applied to certain automotive tasks such as power generation or hydrogen burning.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at