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 |  Feb 22 2013, 12:15 PM

5. Mazda Wankel Rotary

We know. This engine was named after its inventor, Felix Wankel. And being a German, maybe he was unaware of how close his last name was to the British put-down term ‘Wanker’.  Either way, those with a grasp of the English language have a hard time not thinking of Wanker when they hear Wankel. Let this be a lessen to you Mr. Poopstaim.

  • http://dbcooper.livejournal.com P.F. Bruns

    How could “Skyactiv” possibly be worse than “Thriftpower?”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2YLH7V6KYFL4J6U5FMOVHZ6QFA Soyntgo4it

    You forgot EcoTec By GM and Eco-Boost by Ford also there is Lamda and Tau oh and Gamma by Hyundai the list can go on with this brand. 

    I mean there are so man weird names for all Manufacturer engines does anyone really care?

  • simon

    anything eco, rams ‘new’ eco diesel its been out in other countrys for a couple of years as just the diesel option

  • DuramaxLover

    “Cummins” is a man’s surname. The company has a rich history of performance and industrial engine technology.

    “Powerstroke” is a compound word Ford decided to use so they had something to call their IHC diesel instead of what most people would have simply called a “Corn Binder”. The “power stroke”, as every first year mechanics student knows is simply one of the four strokes that a four stroke internal combustion engine goes through…Those being…Intake, Compression, Power, Exhaust.

    GM made up the name “Duramax” (which means nothing) because they were afraid to let the cat out of the bag by calling it, “Isuzu”, which is what it is.

    Moderately amusing article.