dimanche 9 octobre 2011

Felix Wankel (shook the automotive world by announcing the Wankel rotary engine)

In December 1959, Felix Wankel shook the automotive world by announcing he had designed and developed a viable alternative to the traditional piston engine. The competition to win his radical technology was unbelievably fierce.

Against all expectations, Wankel chose Mazda ahead of more than 100 competitors, including General Motors, Daimler-Benz, Nissan and Toyota. For Wankel, it was Mazda’s engineering excellence, insight, passion and determination that gave them the edge. He had also found a kindred spirit in the form of Tsuneji Matsuda and a partnership that Wankel believed would make his dream an automotive reality.

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