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Wankel Rotary Engines
In 1964 the Wankel Spider was launched with a convertible body based on the Sport Prinz, but few panels are interchangeable. The Spider was given a 497.5cc single rotor Wankel engine producing 50bhp. The world's first Wankel-engined production car. 2375 NSU Wankel spiders were produced until 1967. This little NSU pioneered Wankel car development and led to the twin rotor NSU ro80. Felix Wankel is supposed to have dreamed of an engine similar to the final design of the Rotary engine as early as 1919. In 1924 Felix had a laboratory where he began to experiment with Rotary engines, worked which was eventually funded by the Nazi government through WWII. Felix Wankel thus came to the attention of the burgeoning NSU motorcycle company in 1951 which was already famed for technical development and had won many World Grand Prix Motorcycle championships. The first NSU Wankel engine was presented in 1957, and further developed until it was fitted into the NSU Wankel Spider in 1964. Also in 1964 Comobil was founded as a joint venture between Citroen and NSU to develop the Wankel engine, and in 1967 Comotor was established as a join Citroen/NSU manufacturing plant for the Wankel engine. Mazda signed an agreement with NSU in 1961, and in 1967 launched the Mazda Cosmo sport with twin rotor Wankel engine. Mazda went on to sell more than a million Wankel-engined cars until 2012. Rolls-Royce, Daimler-Benz and Curtiss-Wright aircraft are some of the companies who did development with Wankel Rotary engines. However, the Wankel engine was apex seal problems, and also can use a lot of fuel and oil and give high levels of certain pollutants, and all these problems have largely inhibited take up of a very efficient form of Internal Combustion engine.
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Citroen GZ 1974 - Citroen GS birotor badge on bootlid
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Citroen M35 - badge on grille, the Citroen chevron on a Wankel rotor background
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NSU Spider Wankel - badge on bootlid. Felix Wankel began experimenting with his rotary internal combustion engine in the 1930s, before joining NSU Motorwerken in 1951. His first rotary engine was demonstrated in 1957, but the first production car, the NSU Wankel Spider, only went on sale in 1964.
Citroen GZ 1974 rear
Citroen GZ 1974. Cars were offered in 2 shades, Brown or Beige, and often cars arepainted in a duotone form of both colours as here where the drker colour is used for the roof.
Citroen M35 front
Citroen M35. Sold in 1970 and 1971 the M35 was based on an Ami 8, although in fact the body was built by Heuliez and has a different chassis, different windscreen and most other panels differ. Under the bonnet was a single rotor 497cc Wankel engine which was rated at 1000cc for taxation. 267 M35 coupes were built out of an intended 500. They used by high mileage customers in order to get research data.
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NSU Ro80 1975. A twin-rotor 995cc Wankel engine powered the Ro80 driving the front wheels through a semi automatic gearbox.
NSU Spider Wankel front
NSU Spider Wankel. Sport Prinz was designed by Franco Scaglione at Bertone studios in Turin. Approximately 20,831 were manufactured between 1959 and 1967. The first 250 bodies were built by Bertone in Turin. The rest were built in Neckarsulm at a company called Drauz which was later bought by NSU. The Wankel Spider used a a convertible version of the Sport Prinz body.
NSU ro80
Citroen M35 Wankel Coupe
Citroen GZ (GS Birotor)
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