This year, 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of the Mazda Rotary engine, which made its first appearance in the 1967 Cosmo Sport. To celebrate, Mazda is bringing these seven amazing, rotary-powered cars to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. We recommend earplugs.
This little RX-3 was raced from 1979-1982 in the IMSA Champion Spark Plug Series. It's currently owned by a Mazda employee, who restored it over the past three years.
This tube-framed RX-7 racer was built just weeks before it won its class in its debut race, the 1985 Daytona 24 Hours. It went on to win Daytona four more times.
It was raced up until 1991, also getting class wins at Watkins Glen and Sebring.
This rotary-powered race car won the IMSA Prototype Lights Championship three times in a row, between 1985 and 1987.
With a chassis designed by Nigel Stroud and a triple-rotor 13G motor, the 757 was an important ancestor to the Le Mans-winning 787B.
You would be forgiven for thinking this is Mazda's Le Mans-winning 787B. It's actually its direct predecessor, the 767B. Powered by the 630-hp four-rotor 13J, this particular car placed ninth overall at Le Mans in 1989.
The Mazda MX-6 dealers sold you was a front-wheel drive compact with a four-cylinder gas engine. The MX-6 GTU was a tube-frame, rear-drive, twin-rotor monster that bore a passing resemblance to the street car. This car helped Mazda manufacturer's championships in 1989 and 1990.
This RX-7 shares some body components with its street car counterpart, but that's about it. It's powered by a 640-hp four-rotor engine related to the one developed for the 767B.