Rotary engines power some of our favorite Mazda sports cars, but how exactly to they work? Thanks to this demonstration video involving a see-through working engine, you can find out.
Rotary engines, unlike engines that use cylinders, have a triangular rotating mass that sits inside an assembly, creating three separate chambers for air to be sucked in, combined with fuel, compressed, and ignited. The ignition causes the mass to spin, which in turn, spins the shaft connected to the transmission, which sends power to the wheels.
on YouTube put together a comprehensive video covering the inner workings of the rotary engine, and shows us first-hand how the design works via a tiny see-through engine taken from an R/C plane. Thanks to a high-tech slow-motion camera pointed squarely at the engine, you're able to see the entire combustion process in action. It's both educational and beautiful. Check out the entire clip below.