♣ Mazda Museum (Hiroshima)
Visitors can directly observe Mazda’s automobile technology and the of company’s development history with many episodes.
Outline of Mazda Museum
Mazda Museum exhibits many type of cars produced by Mazda from 1931. Such as the first three-wheel auto called “Mazda go” which had produced Toyo Kogyo (Mazda’s former name), 787B Type which won at the race of Le Mans in 1991, and recent energy saving cars with excellent technology and design. The Museum also display the Mazda Rotary Engine as a main feature. Visitors can inspect the automobile assembly plant with museum guides.
3-1 Shinchi, Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima
10 minutes walk from at Mukainada Sta., JR Sanyo Line
Major Exhibition of Mazda Museum
MAZDA’s Legendary History
Museum Hall shows whole historical timeline of Mazda cars are displayed at the wall .
The history of Mazda since the 1920s is featured along with an exhibit of historic vehicles. Trace the history of Mazda up to the present day.
Automobile Assembly Line
Visitors can get a first hand look at the impressive vehicle assembly process. Mazda’s private port can be seen from the observation deck.
Mazda’s Rotary Engine Develpment
The Wankel engine (Rotary Engine)is a type of internal combustion engine using an eccentric rotary design to convert pressure into rotating motion. Over the commonly used reciprocating piston designs, the Wankel engine delivers advantages of: simplicity, smoothness, compactness, high revolutions per minute, and a high power-to-weight ratio. Mazda and NSU (German company) signed a study contract to develop the Wankel engine in 1961 and competed to bring the first Wankel-powered automobile to market.
(Structure of Rotary Engine)
In the early 1960s, Mazda (which was called Toyo Kogyo at that time) faced a formidable challenge: to become more competitive in terms of both technology and product development so that it could survive and expand globally amid the increasingly competitive automotive market. Around that time, the rotary engine, which combines a simple structure, light weight and compact size with quietness and high power, was drawing attention from carmakers around the world as a dream technology. Tsuneji Matsuda, who was Mazda’s president at that time, believed that the company needed to develop a unique technology if it was to survive and set the goal of commercializing the rotary engine ahead of other companies.
— To tackle the challenge, Mazda assembled a team of 47 young engineers, who formed a rotary engine research department. At long last, the team achieved a breakthrough in 1963.
Mazda’s Rotary Engine story is available by URL: http://www.mazda.com/en/innovation/stories/rotary/newfrontier/?link_id=hmainen