@ibrad The rotary doesn’t drive the wheels, it’s just a generator, in which case it will sit at a specific rpm to generate power. Revving all over the place is what puts a ton of strain on rotaries, which is what makes them super unreliable when used to power cars. But when you let it sit at a specific rpm as a generator, it’s actually very reliable and fuel efficient, just like rotaries were always theoretically supposed to be.
@wbizarre WRONG. Properly maintained an utilized Wankels that run specified discrete RPM and don't get turbo charged to high heaven, flooded, run low on oil, or not properly driven, are extremely reliable. Especially in a low hours demand run time range extender. It's a good power to weight and size generator too. It's an application the Wankel should absolutely excel at and last the life of the car. See FB RX7 12a models that run 100k miles plus without rebuilds, as the prime mover.
It's the range extending mostly that I am mourning. Plus the sound of the Wankel is just something I enjoy. I'm sure it would be muted and soul less, but I'd know it's there.
all those stipulations 🙄 😂 😂
Oh yeah there's a crap ton of caveats. But the exciting part was that it would finally be used in an application not setup for failure. It's the perfect storm of ideal conditions. le sigh.
@milky managed to break the transmission yet? Ive heard ND transmissions are made out of glass.
Mine went at 11,000mi - not abused, not even a single AutoX, just commuting and highway driving. I was accelerating onto the interstate, shifted from second into third, heard crunches and rattling, and fourth gear was locked out. Second was locked out too. Got to 6th okay, called the dealer to let them know, dropped it in and picked up a loaner Miata, which I drove for a month while they awaited trans replacement to arrive.
My car was a Version 1 trans, then ended up with a Version 3 trans that gave no more issues or the subsequent 20k miles. There is still no verdict on the failure mode for the transmissions, though lots of suspicion. I believe it relates to poor metallurgy of the gears and gearshafts (they've been the center of Mazdas revisions) and possibly the case deflection itself, since most of the 'lightweighting' came from varying the casting thickness of the manual transmission.
I'd also note that I know people who have been way harder on their ND than I was and never had an issue. Seems to be a variance that doesn't affect all cars.
@highlander well, its running in the first pic and the CEL is on. Usually I get that far in a ad, and back out. Absolute deal breaker. And for that to happen after only 25k means it has not been looked after, and is more likely than not a basket case.
@khalbali I don't live in California... but that doesn't mean I can't go to California and buy one. Right?
I think that would be fine, not like it's a hydrogen cell or anything. I do really like the styling and the interior looks fantastic, I just don't see myself living in not-a-shitty-apartment anytime soon. And while I think the lower range is fine for most use, I wouldn't buy one without being able to charge overnight.