Mazda's rotary engine celebrates its 50th birthday

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by Jason Tulio | Jun 6, 2017


In 1967, Mazda began selling the Cosmo Sport 110S. It was the Japanese carmaker's first-ever sports car, and it was also the world's first production twin-rotor, rotary engine car. Fast forward 50 years, and the rotary technology has seen Mazda win many prestigious racing championships and produce more fantastic sports cars, like the RX-7 pictured above.

During its run, more than 1.99 million rotary-engined cars were produced. The technology reached its highest summit in 1991, when the quad-powered Mazda 787B took top honors in the 24 Hours of Le Mans

“The spirit to innovate, challenge and defy convention lives on in every Mazda product we offer to our customers,” shares Steven Tan, president and CEO of Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the country.

He adds: “Mazda has always prided itself in being at the forefront of driving technology. Our current Skyactiv lineup is a direct product of this ingrained culture that pushes the boundaries of engineering to deliver more efficient and exciting products that emotionally connect to our customers.” 

Now, we know there are a lot of you who are hoping for the rotary engine's grand comeback. Fingers crossed, guys. Throughout its history, which rotary car was your favorite? Let us know in the comments. 

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