WHAT GOES AROUND

1963

German engineer Felix Wankel sees his rotary engine into production with the NSU Spider, after 40 years of development

1967

Co-developer Mazda produces its first rotary, the Cosmo y sports car

1978

Mazda introduces the RX-7, which continues through three generations to 2002

1983

Allan Moffat wins the Australian Touring Car Championship for Mazda in an RX-7

1991

Mazda wins the Le Mans 24 Hour with its four-rotor 787B

2003

Four-door RX-8 coupe introduced, but Mazda insists itís not an RX-7 replacement

2012

Death of the RX-8 concludes rotary production after 49 years