Despite having low torque, high fuel consumption and regular maintenance issues, the Wankel rotary engine is something special. Mazda
is famous for developing the rotary engine over the course of decades, and it's hard not to talk about the history of the Japanese automaker without bringing up this unique, aerospace-derived engine. Despite the recent discontinuation of the RX-8, it's only a matter of time until a next-gen Wankel appears in a Mazda sports car. But Jay Leno is not about to wait around until then.