Last Call: Let’s get weird!

I really hope someone does this…

Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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11 responses to “Last Call: Let’s get weird!”

  1. Maymar Avatar

    Well, Ima throw some Fiesta ST badges on my Mazda2 then (it’s already got enough FoMoCo badged parts). Or get really weird, and go for like… Fiesta SE?

  2. Batshitbox Avatar

    I went to throw out a dig at the Mazda RX community by suggesting showing up at a Mazda RX meet with one mounted as a supercharger on your C3 Corvette. (No, really, they’re great superchargers! No pulsing!)
    But then I discovered Jason Torch-in-sky (he always gets there before me!!!) has already answered both today’s Hooniverse Asks: and provided a good Last Call entry in one article from almost two years ago. (Maybe I should read Jalopnik? …nah. I tried that once.)
    Behold the Rolls-Royce Dual (not twin) Wankel Supercharged Turbo Diesel! Which resembles a Twingle (if you know what one of those does) in that there’s a Wankel rotor that acts as a supercharger to feed a smaller rotor that adds diesel fuel and compresses it to detonation and then blows the exhaust past the first rotor, thus turbo-charging the supercharger? (Bonus question: Given the Wankel’s propensity to consume their own lubricating oil as fuel, how would you shut this thing down?)

    1. neight428 Avatar

      I’m sure some contrarian has done the actual swap, but someone should swap a Mazda Wankel into a C5 Corvette chassis. The kicker would be to show up at a Corvette track day event and have the poor thing get pummeled all day long by smog-era wheezers running bias ply tires with the a/c blasting. Rotaries are an interesting idea, they just couldn’t do anything better than the alternative.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        Batshitbox – same way as a runaway turbodiesel running on its own oil, block the air intake.

        Rob Dahm has just put a rotor in a Corvette. Not sure that the old rotary powered concept cars would stop brains from exploding!

        Nearly 30 years ago there was a guy who went to a lot of trouble to mount a GM type blower in the middle of his RX7 hood so people would think he’d put a V8 in it, when it actually still had the 13B.

      2. discontinuuity Avatar

      3. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        A rotary has been fitted into a GM car that was otherwise available with straight sixes and V8s including the mighty SBC.

        The Mazda Roadpacer based on a Holden chassis/body. 13B rotary with GM 350 automatic only, the Roadpacer AP has the sole distinction of being the only General Motors product being fitted for production with a rotary engine. Barely 100 mph, slow acceleration from the torqueless motor pushing 1600kg/3500 lb and 9 mpg. Only 800 made, fewer sold, here’s one in the Mazda museum.

        No I don’t know why either.

      4. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        The other Rotary Corvette.

        Made in Italy by Pininfarina, with a steel, not fibreglass, body on a shortened Porsche 914 chassis-unit, now powered by a Mazda rotary running through a Cimmaron 3 speed automatic transaxle.

        An actual factory Corvette, the XP897GT Twin rotor Corvette.

  3. crank_case Avatar

    Pfft, amateurs. If you really want to make driving a Japanese/German Coupe awkward, get a bumper sticker that says “Axis Power!”

    1. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

      oddly enough “Axis Power” was the brand name of a kit to convert a Suzuki Samurai to use a VW turbo diesel. from the late 90s

    2. Kamil K Avatar