50 years ago he was born the Mazda Cosmo, the rotary great great grandfather of the Mazda RX-7 and germ of the current Mazda
In 1967 Mazda launched a spectacular GT demure size animated by a two-rotor rotary engine, the first in the world, which christened Mazda Cosmo, He set the base pasional mark Hiroshima, the initial seed iconic models as the Mazda RX-7 and Mazda MX-5. 50 years, He said soon, they are not met every day and of course, a tribute to both the Mazda Cosmo as the legacy of rotary engines of the Japanese is required, especially when on the horizon serious chance of return of these motors can be spotted.
The Mazda Cosmo not only pioneered the use of the rotary engine ... it was also the first sport model Mazda!
The first Mazda sports car and go sporty. The Mazda Cosmo had a very brief production ses only built 1,176 units, but this model became, as mentioned earlier, in the seed would lead to the Mazda we know today, serving as a transition between a brand dedicated to trucks, commercial vehicles and small cars and the first steps of the brand as we know it today.
The rotary engine Mazda Cosmo, with two rotors 491cc, was initially conceived by NSU (Audi recently celebrated its 60th anniversary) and after being developed and implemented by Mazda at Mazda Cosmo developed power 110 horses that later would lead to power 128 horses.
After the Capella, a sports sedan with rotary engine, came in 1978 Savanna and Savanna RX-7:
Three years later the rotary engine would jump from this coupe to Mazda Capella 120 horses, although this sports sedan also had more modest engine. A year later, Mazda introduced the Mazda Savanna (The second rotary engine coupe) in 1978 would be succeeded by Mazda Savanna RX-7, Yes, the first RX-7 rotary engine with 130 horses.
Two more generations of RX-7 next to the RX-8 models before mented and have led Mazda to sell a total of 2 million cars driven by this type of thrusters, an engine that also took care of making Mazda the only Japanese brand (so far) has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Mazda 787B, a rotary motor provided with four rotors, 2.6 liter, which developed a power of 710 horses.
The last newspaper arrived with a special edition RX-8 was sold only in Japan
In late 2011 Mazda launched the latest version of the Mazda RX-8 and she died, at least for now, the rotary engine. Luckily not stop succession rumors about the return of the Wankel engine of the hand of a new sports car, an idea well has undertaken to strengthen the Mazda itself with the Mazda RX Vision and some other statement in its official journal It makes us quite optimistic.
Now it only remains that the forecasts are met, which revives the Mazda rotary engine and see how this engine, dubbed SKYACTIV-R, is integrated in these new times.