Since Cosmo Sports debuted in May 1967, Toyo Kogyo [now Mazda] has installed a new generation of power plants that replace the reciprocating engines in Luce, Familia and Savannah. It was sold brilliantly. However, it was pointed out that fuel efficiency was poor in exchange for high performance, and the timing of oil shocks coincided with the fact that rotary engines could not be installed in passenger cars.
However, the rotary engine survived reluctantly. As a power plant for sports cars, suitable for mounting a rotary. The SA22C Savanna RX-7, which appeared in March 1978, is now back on track. As a low-cost, high-performance sports car, it has gained popularity not only in Japan but also overseas, and the name of the RX-7 is synonymous with Rotary.
Equipped with a 13B type rotary turbo engine with air-cooled intercooler. The engine is mounted on the interior side of the front axle, which greatly contributes to improved driving performance, including handling.
Hachimaru Hero May 2009 vol.11 [All the contents in the article are as of the time of publication]