A description of the development history of Mazda's rotary power plant, and the model timelines of the vehicles these engines powered - how one small Japanese automaker remained independent and became famous using a unique engine.Examines the commercial ups and downs in North America, using rotaries to become a high performance icon and V8 alternative, and charting the racetrack achievements of Mazda rotary racers around the world including in home-country Japan. Also reveals the pollution control and fuel ecomy challenges facing Mazda as they strove to keep rotary engines in production to satisfy high performance fans globally.
From a young age Marc Cranswick has had a great interest in cars and all things mechanical. With a father in the oil industry, Marc had the opportunity of world travel, and a chance to experience automotive and cultural diversity. This influenced his later study, and subsequent teaching of art and linguistics. A long time participant in the hobby of car restoration, Marc has great interest in the classics of the 1960s and 1970s.