I am a purist Mikey! I was simply defending the common misperceptions of the Rotary engine. I leave the engines in my cars that belong in them. I don't believe in transplanting a different engine in them. I have had every engine in every car I own, rebuilt to upgraded specs to handle the rigors that I will subject them to. IN addition, the expense and engineering usually required to transplant something that doesn't belong is far more time consuming and expensive than just rebuilding the lump that came with the car!
Nah, thats cool. I always liekd the RX-7...but thats the only car Id want a rotary in
You are such an elitist, Mikey. The 907/910 engine is ancient technology (from the 1960's). If it's so great, why does it slant to the drivers side in our US cars?
Because it was designed for RHD use.
The 910 has more shear planes and gasket surfaces then any engine I've ever seen. Today, there are better more efficient engines out in the market place that can offer better power density (and better weight distribution, and better polar moment.)
BTW, the 20B rotary would sound awesome in any Esprit.
Not an elitist - a purist. Cars that were made at a certain point in time were designed with the tehcnology that was available at that time. Any internal combustion engine is acutally extremely old technology - from like the 1910's! Even so - there is something special about opening the rear hatch and seeing that stubby, left-leaning engine sitting there and it says LOTUS on it. Not Mazda. Not Ford. Nothing makes me barf faster than someone at a cruise night or whatever having a car modded with unrelated parts/engines/whatever. I hate it. It renders the car worthless and instead of an original classic they now have a back-yard project...it may as well be a kit car at that point.
Why stop there? Why do owners of 1968 Chevelles leave those clunky, pushrod V8's in the car? Why not do a swap out with a Honda Accord? Why keep a Ferrari 3.0 litre V8 engine in your 308 when you could just drop a Buick V6 in there? Its all old technology and sucks. You dont do it because it just aint right. Thats why.
Im just dumb. I find the 910 tubo engine to be extremely reliable & pleasant to own and operate(mine has 54k and is perfect). Its gets 25mpg when driven normally, makes a nice roar under full throttle, and moves the Esprit along at a brisk pace when needed. Its also quirky, rickety, and sometimes odd. I call it character and the 910 engine has loads of it!
Ill rack up 100K or more on this engine and when it eventually gets tired it'll get rebuilt with all factory parts and Ill rack up another 100K. Thats my plan and Im sticking to it!