Simplicity: rotary engines can have as few as three main moving parts, versus more than 40+ for piston-cylinder based engines. Fewer moving parts typically leads to better reliability. No reciprocating mass: this allows rotary engines to rev high, and also run very smoothly.
Why are rotary engines so powerful?
Due to its revolutionary motion, a rotary engine operates with less vibration than a piston engine. This allows rotary engines to be tuned to run at higher rpm, thus producing more power.
How much HP can a rotary engine make?
For it’s size, the rotary packs a punch. For reference, the 13B from the RX8 is a 1.3 liter, and produces 232 horsepower. That equates to a ridiculous 178 horsepower per liter. In Theory, that would be equivalent to a 6.0 liter LS2 (from the Corvette) producing 1068 horsepower N/A from the factory.
How long do rotary engines last?
Just like any other engine, taking the time to care for it properly will make it last longer than usual, however, that could mean 80,000 miles or less.
Are rotary engines expensive to repair?
For that reason, they tend to be more expensive. However, there are a lot fewer parts to a rotary engine than to a piston engine. They are often easier to rebuild. For that reason, a full rotary engine rebuild will typically cost less than a rebuild on a piston engine.
Why did rotary engines never catch on?
The fundamental design flaw of having a moving combustion chamber as on a rotary also means that part of each fuel charge is still burning when it gets fired down the exhaust, meaning wasted energy, increased fuel consumption and dirty emissions, not helped by the necessary total loss lubrication system which means oil …