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KaBOOM! Watch an old Mazda rev until it explodes
Grab your headphones, turn up the volume and listen to this glorious rotary engine go pop
There’s nothing quite as unique sounding in the automotive landscape as a Mazda rotary. Especially when it’s been fettled to scream to 10,000rpm and sounds like a baby 787B.
This is something the people of Australia seem to appreciate. Their love for an engine with a magic spinning triangle at its heart is strong.
Across Australia, Wankel-admiring folk have been putting many rotors under the hood and revving them to high heaven for the general population’s pleasure. At the Rotary Revival 6 (a rotary-lovers dream held at Sydney Motorsport Park), one enthusiastic owner brap, brap, brapped his second-generation Mazda Familia past the point of no return, with quite catastrophic consequences.
To help amplify the noise, the owner of a yellow twin-rotor Mazda 1300 pulled into a garage and started rhythmically planting his right foot to and from the bulkhead, making the little oil-thirsty engine rev to 10,000rpm for all of Austrailia to hear. That was until the engine had enough, and went pop – leading to some rather important mechanical componentry (clutch, flywheel and bell housing) shattering into a million pieces and even breaking through the bonnet.
Safe to say, don’t try this at home. But check it out for yourself above.