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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Mazda's legendary rotary engined sportscar

~1st MAZDA Wankel~ Mazda synonymous with the rotary engine, but unfortunately after the triumph era of Mazda's RX sports car end, the model that has a unique combustion system as it is not built anymore. Mazda says the continuation of the generation of single rotary engine is not logical for the company, because demand is limited plus the strict emissions regulation.
The Mazda RX-500 built only one unit as a prototype. (Picture from: OtomotifKompas)
When looked again into the pages of history, Mazda once proud and seriously developing rotary engines. Even in 1970 had been born the Mazda RX-500, the one off Mazda sports car model once born, although just a concept.
The Mazda RX-500 is powered by a 491 cc Wankel rotary engine-powered 246 hp. (Picture from: OtomotifKompas)
The first presentation done at the Tokyo Motor Show, in October 1970. It has a body made of plastic with a total weight of 850 kg. The sports car uses a mid-mounted 491 cc Wankel Rotary engine, it could producing 246 hp of power and is able to speed up to 200 kph! For the size of a sports car of its era, if the RX-500 produced, it could be one of the fastest car on the streets.
At rear, the Mazda RX-500 accommodates a typical shape which is known as the Kamm tail or K-tail. (Picture from: OtomotifKompas)
The design is done by Toyo Kogyo, its purpose as a reference of Mazda model to the high-speed driving security. At the front, its fascia seem widened, and extending at the rear. From the silhouette of the body, at first glance looks like a DeLorean DMC-12, the famous car that taken role play in 'Back to the Future' movie.
While inside the car cabin only fit two passengers which is accessed via two of butterfly-styled doors on the side. There're another unique features, it has the rear lights emit various colors, such a green light during acceleration, yellow in the normal, and bright red when it braking.
The Mazda RX-500 is very rare, even almost become elusive car. But the eyes of the automotive lover re-open after the original Mazda's sport car appeared in the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​event which held in West Sussex, England, on June 26-29, 2014 ago. *** [EKA [26052015] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARBUZZ]
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