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Mazda continues to pioneer cutting-edge styling with the RX-8’s unique freestyle four-door design, effectively demonstrating that a true sports car does not need to sacrifice space or convenience.
Photo by member 'AMH'
The RX-8 delivers unprecedented sports car driving pleasure with the RENESIS rotary engine offering smooth, immediate power. Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, complemented by electric power-assisted steering, yields razor sharp handling.
In addition to being the most revolutionary sports car, the RX-8 is also one of the safest with standard features like ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, front and seat-mounted airbags as well as side air curtains. Mazda also incorporated high-strength steel construction for the side paneling and a special door-latch system in the freestyle door openings to create a solid exterior shell.
Photos by member 'Critters'
Because the rotor is mounted off-centre on the output shaft it turns the shaft with the same motion as a handle turns a crank, moving output shaft through three revolutions for every one of its own.
For a more detailed breakdown of how the engine works follow these links:
• A very good animated breakdown of how the engine works
• The engine on howstuffworks.com
• Quicktime videos on rotaryengineillustrated.com
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