“Rotating instead of punching” – this thought for an inner explosion engine with rotating pistons preoccupied Felix Wankel from a late 1920s. The growth of a judgment to willingness for array prolongation took some-more than 30 years. As partial of his investigate work, educated Wankel became an consultant in seals, though kept his aim of formulating a appurtenance with rotating pistons resolutely in sight. At a finish of 1953, a process research of probable rotors and housing combinations led Wankel to demeanour some-more closely during a thought of a rotating oval-shaped piston in an roughly round housing that also rotated. The element awakened a seductiveness of NSU’s management. In Mar 1954, Wankel drafted a simple form of a engine that was to be named after him during a after stage. Three years later, on Feb 1, 1957, a engine ran for a initial time underneath a possess energy on a exam supply during a NSU plant.
In Neckarsulm, Dr Walter Froede, Head of NSU’s Development department, and his organisation simplified a technologically formidable structure that primarily used dual components that rotated one inside a other. The initial time a KKM (Kreiskolbenmotor) chronicle of a engine with inverted kinematics was used was in 1962, when it was propitious in a supposed “Ski-Craft”. This towing device for H2O skis is on uncover in a Audi museum mobile. Just one year later, in Sep 1963, a NSU/Wankel Spider distinguished a premiere during a IAA in Frankfurt. As a world’s initial series-produced automobile featuring a NSU/Wankel engine, it spurred on a euphoria surrounding a Wankel engine. In a following years, probably all of a important manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles or engines became partial of a vast organisation of NSU/Wankel licensees.
Visitors to a “Revolution – 60 years of a NSU/Wankel engine” muster can pattern to see not only a NSU/Wankel Spider though also serve exhibits like a initial NSU “Prinz 3” Wankel antecedent from 1959 and a NSU Ro 80. In 1967 this indication with a innovative record and undying pattern was awarded a pretension of Car of a Year. Two Audi models are also exhibited: a Audi 200 KKM antecedent from 1979 and an Audi A1 e-tron from 2012. A loyal looker, a Italdesign Namir sports automobile from 2009 will also be present. Further highlights embody a Mazda Cosmo 110S, a Citroën M35 as good as a Malibu Virage racing car.
The Wankel engine wasn’t only used in cars, it was also used in snowmobiles, glow engines, energy saws, motorboats and motorcycles. The muster shows a whole horde of these products, as good as free-standing engines and cutaway models.
The Audi museum mobile is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The opening times will change from Jun 1: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and open holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.