The home-built eight-wheeler is being brought back from the dead.
Recent whispers of a rotary revival have now become true, as Mazda USA announced that its most exciting model will be heading to the US with a rotary engine in tow. The Mazda MX-30 will be offered with a hybrid plugin drivetrain which includes a rotary powerplant, but while this setup will aim at providing maximum efficiency, somewhere in the depths of the internet, a completely different rotary animal is being revived.
A full decade ago, one of the strangest creations ever made internet headlines. This home-built eight-wheeled "sports" car appeared on an online auction site and immediately shot to fame.
This eight-wheeler was built from scratch and features a fiberglass body, a frame made of steel tubing, and the most important part, a four-rotor rotary engine. It was thought that this machine was lost to time, but as you can see in the above video, it has miraculously reappeared.
The current owner purchased the car off of eBay ten years ago and plans to restore it. According to him, it saw over $100,000 of work go into it in the 1980s. The car features gullwing doors, and the wing mirrors have been incorporated into the body design for a KITT look. The spoke wheels are attached to Jaguar axles, GM front suspension, a Corvette steering column, and eight disk brakes.
Under the body, this creation features two 12A rotary engines mated together with a special adaptor for a total of four rotors and runs on MSD S200 ignition and Holy fuel pump. The plan is to get the engine running and dyno tuned , but the tuners have no idea how the car will fit on a traditional dynamometer. The best part about car is that no one knows who the original builder is, but one thing we know for sure is that we can't wait to see this thing running.