MAZDA WORK­ING ON NEW WANKEL

The Witness - Wheels - - INDUSTRY - — WR.

THE mag­a­zine Auto Evo­lu­tion has un­cov­ered a patent ap­pli­ca­tion for a ro­tary en­gine. The U.S. patent ap­pli­ca­tion is num­ber 2016/0084158.

Ti­tled “Ro­tary Pis­ton En­gine Mounted on Ve­hi­cle”, Mazda sub­mit­ted it last year and the U.S. Patent Of­fice pub­lished it on March 24. The patent draw­ings show how Mazda may be deal­ing with ro­tary is­sues. Auto Evo­lu­tion says that Mazda is flip­ping the en­gine over, putting the in­take at the bot­tom and the ex­haust at the top. The turbo is mounted on the ex­haust out­let, giv­ing the ex­haust gases a short trip to the turbo. This should im­prove per­for­mance, es­pe­cially throt­tle re­sponse.

Mo­tor Trend said this is sim­i­lar to V8 en­gines.

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