Video worth watching: Wankel-powered Norton blitzes the Isle of Man TT course

Here’s a video from a time when people were deranged enough to race rotary engined bikes at the Isle of Man TT

Overdrive April 23, 2016 10:22:44 IST
Video worth watching: Wankel-powered Norton blitzes the Isle of Man TT course

Mention the word “Rotary” or “Wankel” to a car enthusiast and the first thing that’ll come to their minds is Mazda’s RX-7 and RX-8, and in some cases the Mazda 787B Group C Le Mans race car. But few are aware that these magical triangular power generators also appeared on two-wheelers, race bikes that too!

Rotary engines, apart from their efficiency drawbacks, were a perfect fit for superbikes. They produced high power and moderate torque wrapped in a small package; all of this with a very high redline. It is a shame that they...

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