What is Wankel (Rotary) Engine?

  Wankel engine, known by the surname of Felix Wankel, who lived between 1902-1988, is an internal combustion engine, has an eccentric rotary design and converts combustion pressure into rotary motion. Unlike other types of internal combustion engines, the Wankel engine uses a triangular rotary piston with splayed edges. All parts of the engine rotate in the same direction. This engine has a smooth movement, compactness and an advanced power-to-weight ratio compared to other engines. Wankel engines have a simpler structure than normal engines. The engine has a rotating piston inside the oval body. However, this may vary according to the design, and there may be 2, 3 or 4 rotating pistons. Wankel engines are used in the following vehicles. Mazda RX-2 (1971-1974) Mazda RX-3 (1972-1977) Mazda RX-5 (1975-1981) Mazda RX-7 (1978-2002) Mazda RX-8 (2003-2012) Citroen GS Birotor (1974-1977) Audi 100 C2 (1976-1977) Wankel engines, also known as Rotary, used especially in the Mazda