A rotary engine is an internal combustion engine, like the one you have in your car, but it works completely differently than a conventional piston engine. Also known as a Wankel engine, named after Dr. Felix Wankel, the rotary engine does have some benefits. There are less moving parts, only 3 moving parts in a 2-stroke engine versus over 40 moving parts in a 2-stoke piston engine. All the moving parts in a rotary engine move consistently in one direction, as opposed to a piston engine in which the pistols move back and forth. The problem with this technology is that rotary engines produce more pollution and consume more fuel than piston engines.
Another big issue with the engine is that it does have a high rate of failure. Mazda actually released a statement on the matter. Rotary Engines are very wasteful and failure prone, which is not good for people or the environment.
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