Audi Museum Celebrates 60 Years of Wankel

Audi Museum Celebrates 60 Years of Wankel

Audi Museum Celebrates 60 Years of Wankel

0 comments 📅17 May 2017, 04:15

Lest the fair minds over at Mazda forget who invented the Rotary engine, Audi is crack an exhibition at its Ingolstadt museum called “Revolution—60 Years of the NSU/Wankel Engine.”

The display runs from may 20 to November 5 and tracks the long history of, as Jay Leno likes to say, the barely truly new internal combustion engine of the 20th century. From the 1962 “Ski-Skill” to the 1979 Audi 200 KKM, the exhibition follows the progress of Felix Wankel’s making.

Monstrous politics aside, Wankel was a talented engineer and self-taught wizard on seals, which is a little ironic if you know much about rotaries. His allure with rotating engines started long before a rotary ever fired up, in the 1920s.

The approximation took more than 30 years to properly gestate, though, and it wasn’t until the betimes ‘50s, when NSU, an Audi predecessor, caught the rotary bug and decided to help develop the machine. Three years later, there was a working test rig.

The engine was eventually plugged into the NSU Spider (which will-power be in the exhibition), the Prinz, the Ro80, and more.

The exhibition won’t just feature NSUs and Audis, though. Along with those, there desire be boats, chainsaws, a Mazda Cosmo, a Citroen M35, engine cutaways, and much more rotary-powered goodness.

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