Rotary Engines - Why YOU Should Love Them, Even Though They SUCK | WheelHouse

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The rotary engine is well known in the automotive community, both for reliability issues and for being amazing. So is the rotary engine really one of the coolest engines ever or is it a poor design that should be left behind?
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7 oct. 2019




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Donut Media
Donut Media Il y a 7 mois
BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP What's your favorite Dorito flavor?
Supprimer Il y a 12 jours
Dorito flavor🤷‍♂️
Mikołaj Dymyu
Mikołaj Dymyu Il y a 12 jours
Unknown_user Il y a 19 jours
Apex seal flavour
Ammaar Khan
Ammaar Khan Il y a 24 jours
Sweet chili heat
Bryan omL.
Bryan omL. Il y a 29 jours
Cool Ranch in a RX7 FC 👌
Scorpio speed ya
Scorpio speed ya Il y a 19 heures
I have 2 rx7 one of them is my dorifto
Phillips Racing
Phillips Racing Il y a jour
Hey my parents use butcher box
7.38 Aaron Parker took part in HyperDrive n the guy standing next to him took part in FasterCars netflix series n his car got wrecked.
Dona Radityo
Dona Radityo Il y a 3 jours
U r a Grandpa?? How old r ur child?
RajGTS Il y a 4 jours
There are a few errors the image for the RX2 is wrong no mention of the RX5 or R100.
Mr.Dr.ProfStonerman Il y a 6 jours
my parents used to have an rx8, best car they ever owned, seals never blew, maintained to a tee. finally died at 225000km when the timing chain went on the car and my parents were about to have me so it had to go. fireman bought it, fixed and drove it for another 150000km
Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness
The NSU Ro80 didn't get axed, NSU got absorbed by VW and mashed into Audi.
Microwave Poptart
Microwave Poptart Il y a 9 jours
man if i started a car company i'd jump to have a rotary supercar
veteransaussage Il y a 10 jours
i rotary swapped my c5
Supprimer Il y a 12 jours
We need a rotory car like the rx-7, maybe rx-9 to come out today with a manual
Chet Nick
Chet Nick Il y a 13 jours
Rotaries work best at a fixed RPM and load, such as when used as a powerplant for a generator; if only someone would use one to power a motor to charge a battery in a hybrid, we'd be in business.
Nicholas Field
Nicholas Field Il y a 13 jours
Never heard a rotary in person, but those clips reminded me of a weedwacker.
Handika 733
Handika 733 Il y a 14 jours
its maybe a crazy idea but what if you combine rotary with hybrid system....?
Barry Jones
Barry Jones Il y a 14 jours
and petrol
Barry Jones
Barry Jones Il y a 14 jours
vel ko
vel ko Il y a 14 jours
In 21st century can't they make them more reliable?
Nagisa Yoshikawa
Nagisa Yoshikawa Il y a 18 jours
The picture used for the Rx2 is actually the rx4. The rx2 looks more like the rx3
samuel lopes
samuel lopes Il y a 19 jours
you guys should interview Ernie Brink , a former Mazda technician who designed an offset compression rotor to help the the rotor push off better in the right direction as well as housing with smaller spark plug slots in the chamber to keep from losing compression which is what causes excess fuel in the exhaust and high exhaust temps....
Karolis Girdauskas
Karolis Girdauskas Il y a 19 jours
Florin Oliver
Florin Oliver Il y a 19 jours
8:53 instant goosebumps 😍
Heres Jonny
Heres Jonny Il y a 21 jour
Rip headphone users at the start
__ Il y a 25 jours
The first gen Mazda Cosmo is one of the best looking cars ever made imo
Jp Doe
Jp Doe Il y a 27 jours
Am I the only one to point out that the capitalized words in the title form "YOU SUCK" ? Did I win anything?
spraynpray Il y a mois
Rotaries are great. Sure, they're outrageously unreliable, complicated, expensive, don't make power, burn oil, and are awful on gas, but in all other measurable ways they're great. When I eventually come up with one of those ways, I will let everyone know.
Shaun W
Shaun W Il y a mois
My ex brother in-law owned a Suzuki RE5 motorcycle back in the day . It was nuts ! 😁👍
Ken Bober
Ken Bober Il y a mois
I currently have a 88 s4 rx7. Runs like new. Had to have a fuel cut off though. Floods every time you shut it off with out it.
Style and Steel
Style and Steel Il y a mois
What cars are on the thumbnail? Especially the blue one on the left?
Ryan does trumpet and probably other stuff
I saw an fd roar up my middle of nowhere road and freaked out. my sister couldn't understand it but my step dad was like, woah cool
Deibama Il y a mois
Don't single out the Wankel, all Mazdas are junk.
Dylan Stinson
Dylan Stinson Il y a mois
Can't wait to slam a ls2 into an rx7 to piss off all the rotary fan boys. Rotaries are neat but stupid.
4shacks1house Il y a mois
I don't need anyone's approval on why I drive a rotary. With all it's faults, I just love the way it feels at a high rpm. The sound is another bonus.
justin dunn
justin dunn Il y a mois
I'd sell my third 🌰 for a spirit-r
NithiN NitrO
NithiN NitrO Il y a mois
MoRe powerrr babyeeeehh..
Ubirter Il y a mois
Waiting for Robb Dahm's 4 rotor c8 corvette
Ghoul Nights Kaneki
I like the mazda rx 7
Josean Ponce
Josean Ponce Il y a mois
My dad has the mazda rx3 wich is sexy
Habitat009 Il y a mois
Butcher box really? I’m trying to build a CAR not a PANTRY..
Sir Psycho
Sir Psycho Il y a mois
Im really hoping Mazda can eventually go public with what their doing with sky-active tech and the rotary engine. A compression ignition Wankel engine? that would certainly be a saving grace for the peppy little powerhouse!
TonyZed68 Il y a mois
Not ONE word about Citroën... dude... :(
Harrison Sutton
Harrison Sutton Il y a mois
According to Mazda, extended warranty on an RX8 engine is 8 years or 100,000 miles. That means some low mileage 2012 models are still under warranty right now as we speak!
Tamix Il y a mois
I just like the Brap Brap Brap Brap idle sound😂
Dylan LaFontaine
Dylan LaFontaine Il y a mois
why am i just seeing this video on my timeline now
Nick Graupman
Nick Graupman Il y a mois
This man was repeatedly beat by rotarys as a kid
Jan-Erik Bjorvatn
Jan-Erik Bjorvatn Il y a mois
You have the picture wrong. What you say is an Rx-2 is also an Rx-4. (4 minutes and 30 sec in)
jurassicchrist Il y a mois
Due to crazy import laws. I think New Zealand loves rotarys more than any country on earth. Rotary tattoos weren't uncommon growing up.
Kolano Pigmeja
Kolano Pigmeja Il y a mois
Best grandpa ever?
Jonathan Garzon
Jonathan Garzon Il y a mois
So government killed it through emissions. Also it sounds like a ninja 600 :)
Savage Jayden
Savage Jayden Il y a mois
What’s that anime type show in the beginning?
George Aliagas
George Aliagas Il y a mois
Rotary Engine = Hand Grenade
Jon Martin
Jon Martin Il y a mois
I got a FB atm and it was actually my first car. Gotta say, that sound really is something to die for.
Ryan Bishop
Ryan Bishop Il y a mois
I feel like I've seen a two-stroke oil injection kit for these things that is actually saving apex seals
Sander Van der Kammen
@Ryan Bishop The primary failure mode of apex seals is NOT due to lack of lubrication unless the engine has been neglected or improperly maintained. There certainly is a piston, that big triangular piston aka rotor serves the exact same function as one the reciprocates in a cylindrical bore. The Wankel engine is not the only 4stroke design that has no poppet valves, this is not a unique or exclusive to the 2-stroke operating principle.
Sander Van der Kammen
@Ryan Bishop Mazda installed a very well designed and engineered oil injection system that is effective. Then explain why Mazda specifically requires 4-stroke motor oil? Your comment reveals some egrergious misinformation and confusion regarding motor oil ratings and specifications. There are no 2-stroke oils that meet Mazda's minimum API, EC or JASO oil specifications for RX engines. Mazda recommends 4-stroke motor oil that meets ASTM D 7097 for maximum allowed ash deposits of 45 mg.
Ryan Bishop
Ryan Bishop Il y a mois
@Sander Van der Kammen Bro it's an oil injection kit. What about this makes you think it's a scam? 2 stroke oil is designed to burn inside the combustion chamber while also lubricating. Just because it's a "4stroke" motor does mean a fucking thing. Adding 2 stroke oil injection to a wankel actually makes a difference because one of the biggest issues is oil supply to the apex seal. Adding the 2stroke injection supplements the motors natural shortcomings. Also bring there's no pistons or valves means there's nothing to build carbon or anything. Like i said look it up. They've gotten 100k miles on a single engine with the oem seals. Please, instead of getting up here trying to act like you know what you're talking about when you don't. Look it up. The world is on quarantine so its not like you don't have 3 minutes to pop over to Google and figure it out.
Sander Van der Kammen
@Ryan Bishop It doesn't work and is a big waste of time and money because 2stroke oils do not meet Mazda's minimum API/EC oil specifications requirements. Wankel engines are all use the 4stroke operating principle and are not 2stroke engines.
Sander Van der Kammen
@Ryan Bishop There are lots of bad products and scams available for sale on the aftermarket.
Cory Chinault
Cory Chinault Il y a 2 mois
Do a show on the Chrysler Conquest or the Mitsubishi Starion
Christopher Blake
Christopher Blake Il y a 2 mois
I would love to have Aron as my math teacher
El Chasco
El Chasco Il y a 2 mois
Which pile of shit is that? Don't buy a rotary, except if you have tons of money. Are pretty expensive to fix and maintain. Sincerely, a rotary mechanic.
Patrick Concannon
Patrick Concannon Il y a 2 mois
No best grandpa t shirt comments
Luis Andres Rivera Hernandez
Cool vídeo, but not one mention of rotary powered cars drag racing
vitamin bleach
vitamin bleach Il y a 2 mois
Roses are red violets are blue, my rotary goes kaboom!
lemmehaveone Il y a 2 mois
Wankels are friggin' SICK (and reliable) if you just keep it simple: don't bother with turbos, always run 'em with 2-stroke oil, and keep a fat wallet for buying gas (and 2-stroke oil).
Sander Van der Kammen
Only fools pour the wrong type oil in the wrong filler hole...
Moises Montecillo
Moises Montecillo Il y a 2 mois
I love that Mortal Kombat "Toasty"
Nemanja Draca
Nemanja Draca Il y a 2 mois
And they blow to much 🤣 they’re junk
Brandon Parkinson
Brandon Parkinson Il y a 2 mois
You can say that it is bad but it can make a car run 6 second with no problem
Sander Van der Kammen
Sander Van der Kammen Il y a 2 mois
The Wankel sucks balls, only a piston engine can do a 3.22 second 1/4 mile
SnowKíllα Il y a 2 mois
kinda off-topic, but imagine like in 2080 when electric cars are all over the place and some electric car nerd channel makes a video just like this, but: ''internal combustion engines - why you should love them, even though they suck".
Yiğit Alp Alakoç
Yiğit Alp Alakoç Il y a 2 mois
4 rotors @9krpm: 9000 revs/min x 4 rotors x 3 ignitions/rev= 108.000 explotions/minute=1800 explotions/second
Sander Van der Kammen
Sander Van der Kammen Il y a 2 mois
Revs up > Apex Seals out >
Full Metal Jason
Full Metal Jason Il y a 2 mois
We loved em coz they screamed their fuckin heads off
Robby_skaz Il y a 2 mois
swppaed c4 vette and 83 rx7. best of both worlds
raph326 Il y a 2 mois
Max Power
Max Power Il y a 2 mois
In my "hey!! day!!" I was lucky enough to own 4 or 5 rotary powered vehicles.. surprised alot of the more powerful Camaros and mustangs and more popular Honda's and Mitsubishi's with those little 12a's and 13b's... Absolutely nothing like them in the multi-verse 🤯..back in the late 90s and early 2000s 110mph in 3rd gear was pretty impressive, still is.. no traction control, no ABS bullshit.. just a screamin' 1.3L that got about 5mpg... I was a Badass lol
Mark C
Mark C Il y a 2 mois
Apex seal is the problem but 13000 rpms is cool
Skatana Il y a 2 mois
7:35 - 8:40
Andrew Hannam
Andrew Hannam Il y a 2 mois
Rotary engines also found their way into motorcycles. Norton and Suzuki.
Sander Van der Kammen
Sander Van der Kammen Il y a 2 mois
Also colossal failures
Gryffin DarkBreed
Gryffin DarkBreed Il y a 2 mois
Ah the 787, the literal Banshee's wail of cars. So loud and spectacular it literally causes permanent hearing loss.
Sander Van der Kammen
Sander Van der Kammen Il y a 2 mois
But so slow it never posted a fastest lap or a pole position...
Miah Zoroh
Miah Zoroh Il y a 2 mois
I would say something about Rotary’s do to me. But that wouldn’t go through, and I’d be heccing weird
Omar Delawar
Omar Delawar Il y a 2 mois
That Wankel idle sound is GODLY!! The coolest sound to come out of a car!
mister x
mister x Il y a 2 mois
Where's Bart?
Noneya Bizz
Noneya Bizz Il y a 2 mois
Best way to improve a rx7, Chevy ls. The Wankel is an interesting engine, but so many flaws.
Mark Mendoza Hernandez
so. dont but mazdas. got you.
exotic vw's
exotic vw's Il y a 2 mois
I like that the rx8 doesn't get to be in the thumbnail
Zach Meyer
Zach Meyer Il y a 2 mois
I own a 81 gsl it's a mechanical monster and I love it!
Yooooo your rx2 is actually a rx4 coupe