Apart from being able to market a unique product not offered by many other automakers Mazda’s use of the rotary in it’s RX-8 sports car has some special features that sets it apart from standard piston-powered engines. A rotary engine employs just a fraction of the parts in a standard piston engine, producing the same amount if not more horsepower per liter. Another huge benefit is that the rotary is free of all the troubles caused by a seized piston, which could quickly lead to immediate engine failure.
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Mazda’s RX-8 produces 232 horsepower from it’s tiny 1.3 liter engine, which breaks down to a ridiculous 178 hp per liter. In theory if Chevrolet used a rotary for their 6 liter Corvette engine, the car would have a whopping 1,068 hp engine.
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