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

  • Published on Oct 7, 2019
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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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Comments • 2 217

  • Donut Media
    Donut Media  12 days ago +1342


    What's your favorite Dorito flavor?

  • Nostalgia Rookie
    Nostalgia Rookie 9 hours ago

    Dorito magic

  • Edgar Santiago _
    Edgar Santiago _ 12 hours ago +1

    7 Gang Rise

  • Fiskn
    Fiskn 16 hours ago

    Rotary powered car wins Le Mans:

    Everyone: suprised pikachu face

  • Timelostproto
    Timelostproto 17 hours ago

    own a bridgeported, single turbo'd FD that I daily to work. and lemme tell ya driving the thing is my favourite part to any day. they're fairly easy to work on because of the small engine size and its so rewarding! oh and who can forget POP UP HEADLIGHTS :D

  • Francis Rodriguez

    "Municipal waste is gone a fuck you up "

  • doctorjules187
    doctorjules187 2 days ago


  • Sergio Chavez
    Sergio Chavez 2 days ago

    Had to sell my 93 RX seven cool car to drive but it was a Financial disaster

  • Thad Wilson
    Thad Wilson 3 days ago

    Any chance you all could be as good without the curse words? I love watching these videos with my kids

  • adanconst
    adanconst 3 days ago

    Can someone please please please for the love of god let me know what's that song's name? It starts @ 5:53 and ends @7:01

  • Trent Robey
    Trent Robey 3 days ago

    Felix wankel was a
    Nazi s.s officer

  • Trent Robey
    Trent Robey 3 days ago

    Wtf is this millennial wearing a grandpa shirt for!!

  • Tyler Broughton
    Tyler Broughton 3 days ago

    I would LOVE a RX-7 FD, but in the meantime I have a 392 Scat Pack Challenger since in Canada a Rotary is hit or miss for whether it will start or not in the winter. LOL

  • Anthony Flores
    Anthony Flores 3 days ago

    Always wanted hans rx

  • Seth jk06
    Seth jk06 3 days ago

    So these things are like the 2 strokes of cars?

  • kursed13
    kursed13 4 days ago

    Wanker talking about Wenkels, good job Donut!

  • James Barrick
    James Barrick 5 days ago

    Show me a rotary engine fan boy and I will show you a dumb ass

  • Emmanuel Ham
    Emmanuel Ham 5 days ago

    First picture you call rx2 is not an rx2 is a rx4. Also there was a smaller car after the original Cosmo with a tiny 2 rotor engine called the r100 with a 1000 cc engine

  • Branon Fontaine
    Branon Fontaine 5 days ago +1

    Ls swap NOTHING.....Coyote swap EVERYTHING......

  • Nyquil For The Kill
    Nyquil For The Kill 5 days ago

    Reuleaux is pronounced Reh Low

  • Kyle kyle
    Kyle kyle 5 days ago

    Bring back science garage😭

  • Damyan ExSSeSS Georgiev

    As long as there is still Doritos on the table, i will keep eating them! 👌❤

  • J Nobody
    J Nobody 5 days ago

    i was sold before i came buy now i wanna buy 2

  • Vance L
    Vance L 5 days ago

    *Watches video on a terrible engine expecting hate*
    *Finishes video wanting a rotary build*
    The sounds!

  • Hafiz Oktri
    Hafiz Oktri 5 days ago

    no offense but shouldn't this be in Science Garage?

    • Elias Nicolas Miranda
      Elias Nicolas Miranda Day ago

      is nobody in this channel knows the news of that? people here talked like 100 times
      man is really that hard to inform to all 2,60 million subs

  • Ajay Kumar Prasad
    Ajay Kumar Prasad 6 days ago

    *OH THAT FC!!!*

  • Sydwell Tlhola
    Sydwell Tlhola 6 days ago

    I thought I was watching Science Garage and Up to Speed for a second...

  • Vegaベガ
    Vegaベガ 6 days ago

    podemos ponerle atención a las puertas suicidas de el mazda rx 8?

  • Jose Mercado
    Jose Mercado 6 days ago +1

    You miss all the DRAG aplicación that the Rotarys had!
    In Puerto Rico we have the fastes one!
    And Also 12a engine

  • Skizzy 1
    Skizzy 1 6 days ago

    I get love, and hate for my RX-8, but I love it with a 20B engine! Sounds, and drives amazing!

  • Z F
    Z F 6 days ago

    I dunno, rotaries have always kinda sounded like weed whackers to me...

  • amicloud
    amicloud 6 days ago

    Love my RX-8.

  • Grandafmor Blacksmith

    Me and my friend are ones of those people ;) Rx7 FC, still NA but not for long :D

  • Patrick Mittel
    Patrick Mittel 6 days ago

    I'm back from my nice 8 day vacation in prague and i've seen a total of 4 rx 8's and it's just crazy

    ETTEM 6 days ago

    ...but they're sucking air, right?

  • Ben Stevens
    Ben Stevens 6 days ago

    Still have my rx8

  • zoefaith120
    zoefaith120 7 days ago

    My buddy. Had a 1983 rx7. Green 5 speed and. It would fly .not god quick but yes the rpm and sound was great. The car was low as crap. I actually rode back in the hatch to school in high school. Glory days. Some cars just put a smile on my face really easy. Miss that old car.

  • Alexey Zaboev
    Alexey Zaboev 7 days ago +1

    9:17 - *rotary screams* - subtitles says [Music]
    Shieet, that's true

  • Trek2m
    Trek2m 7 days ago

    I have a 2002 mazda protege lx with a wankel engine and it runs almost as good as the day I bought it and it has never burnt oil it runs so clean every time I go to get it smogged they compare it to a hydrogen engine. Mazda wants to buy it back they say its the only one still on the streets I love my car I am its one and only mechanic and its never blown or wore down any seals.

  • Rui Kazane
    Rui Kazane 7 days ago

    Mazda Smile!

  • JayJay Perez
    JayJay Perez 7 days ago +1

    Yall need to come to puertorico it is the paradise of rotary ik is not torqui but is a different engine but is still a loveable sound and the brap brap brap thats nice ill still love that engine❤

  • MrStoneycool69
    MrStoneycool69 7 days ago

    Because they're pseudo 2 strokes....I still have my FB RX7 after 17 years....

  • Melanie Parker
    Melanie Parker 7 days ago

    Except for the center section oil seal housing that breaks off

  • tommy d u b b s
    tommy d u b b s 7 days ago +1

    I don't think it's loved at all, Toretto just drove one and that's about it lol

  • John Burns
    John Burns 7 days ago

    Mazda have done promising research on HCCI ignition for its SkyActiv-R rotary engine project using research from its SkyActive 2 program. They have removed the need to locate the spark plug outside the combustion chamber to allow the rotor to sweep past. Mazda solved this in the SkyActiv-R rotary project. Rotaries generally have high compression ratios giving the design easy adoption of homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI).
    It looks like the next Mazda rotary will not have a spark plug and be HCCI ignition. Fuel consumption will match piston engines and when used at a constant speed genny as in a hybrid, outperform piston engines with all the advantages of low weight, small size, super-smooth, simplicity, etc. The expectation will be that the engine will be introduced in 2020, the 100th anniversary of Mazda. Looking good.
    Rotaries are better suited to constant speed, high efficiency genset applications rather than direct drive via gearboxes. In that application piston engines cannot compete. Rotaries are better suited for series-hybrid cars being much superior than piston engines.
    Direct fuel injection and laser ignition will improve the Wankel considerably when introduced. The problem of unburnt fuel in the exhaust will be eliminated improving emissions and fuel consumption. The engine performs very, very well in fuel consumption and emissions running at a 'constant speed' turning a generator - its most efficient "sweet spot". Wankels lose efficiency dramatically when they are revved up and down as when directly driving a car. The engine has a vastly superior power-weight ratio than piston/crank engines and is about one third of the size and weight of a piston engine for a similar power output.
    All these positive attributes combine to make a superb range extender, when the wheels are turned by electric motors. If a car is plugged in each night and uses grid power to run most of the time, then wear on these units will be negligible. As the engine is only periodically used, the life of the engine is greatly extended. Also newer metallurgic techniques are being used to make the engines. Even when batteries are depleted, the Wankel can provide enough electricity to power the car and still be economical.
    It takes only 25 to 30hp to propel a large American car down the highway at 70mph. Yet they put engines in them that can output 150 to 200hp. Most of that output is for acceleration and heavy loads. Highly inefficient. The great thing about a series-hybrid is that the generating engine works totally independent of the demands of the electric driving motor, enabling maximum efficiency when running. This means the generating engines can be greatly downsized. The battery acts as an energy buffer to give acceleration boosts.
    Mazda announced a rotary in a hybrid will be available in 12-18 months.

  • MS Paint
    MS Paint 7 days ago

    It's a shame they didn't put the video from Mazzei Formula in here, this is one of the sickiest sounding rx7s I've ever seen

  • raheem7266
    raheem7266 7 days ago

    What's the song that plays at 0:16


    I wouldnt doubt tht Mazda will make another rotary car again. Or at least use another companies support to make it happen.

  • Le. Farquad
    Le. Farquad 7 days ago

    I wish they would discontinue mustangs.

  • Lolo Uro
    Lolo Uro 7 days ago

    I just farted flames!!

  • YamahaYFS200
    YamahaYFS200 7 days ago

    THIS IS NOT SCIENCE GARAGE! Nolan is cool, but bring back Bart you god damn heathens!
    I can only absorb automotive information if it's told to me by Mr.Bart


  • clownavenger
    clownavenger 7 days ago

    Mazda need to design a skyactiv rotary car. Id buy it immediately. the gas mileage on my 2011 rx8 is abysmal in the city. maybe 12 mpg or so.

  • nel c
    nel c 7 days ago

    You are asking me to love a fatty girl even though they smell?

  • Fred Flintstone
    Fred Flintstone 8 days ago

    Thanks so much for information info on rotory , I have RX-8 renisses 231 hp out the crate.iwant 4 rotor engine but ent got cash at moment, any donations grateful received 😎

  • Steve Denton
    Steve Denton 8 days ago +1

    8:34 Johnny Herbert, Nicest guy on the F1 circuit

  • Yahiaoui Senouci
    Yahiaoui Senouci 8 days ago +1

    i can see nolan eating on some butcher and sippin nos on the low with james
    not sharing a piece u know. just there smackin in the corner by themselves like vultures

  • Emma Fitzgibbon
    Emma Fitzgibbon 8 days ago

    Thats an rx4 not an rx2

  • efini_fc
    efini_fc 8 days ago

    2020 Olympics will be a great time to unveil a new car to the world. 20/20 perfect vision...RX-Vision.

  • Dharma Rotary
    Dharma Rotary 8 days ago

    you dont need to push in so much more money in the wankel /rx8 development, its just the potential owners are getting more unreliable and dumber and dumber every year, you just wait and see what they will do with the Rx9 . big rocket science to understand and make daily out of a wankel ... bunch of swap experts, they will put the Bmw supra crap in it before the warranty expires.
    If Mazda really wants to sell Wankel cars angro, should start first engineering some Skyactiv spaceship containers to deliver the cars to Kepler-452b , more chances there to find real driver/owners for them and not just 'holders'' on registration, on this planet ...dangerously out of stock ...

  • 23kilkenny23
    23kilkenny23 8 days ago +1

    what no mention of Rolls Royce experimenting with a diesel rotary????

    • 23kilkenny23
      23kilkenny23 8 days ago

      btw i own a 05 rx-8 and i thrash the shit outta of it and its still going strong after 162,000 kms