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Everything you've wanted to learn about the rotary engine

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In 1967 the German car firm NSU released the Ro 80. Equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, a semi-automatic gearbox, and a peculiar clutch which was actuated by pressing down on the gear knob. The Ro 80 was believed to be ahead of its time, though its features are quirky by modern standards. It was even fitted with a warning buzzer to alert the driver that the 9000RPM redline was approaching. With agile handling and a quiet and smooth engine, the Ro 80 was voted car of the year in 1968.

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