Germany Hosts Global Mazda Cosmo Sport Rally
5th August, 2009
For over 40 years, the rotary engine has symbolised
Mazda’s innovative expertise. The Japanese company began its long rotary-engine history in 1967 with
the now-legendary Mazda Cosmo 110 Sport. A group of Cosmo Sport owners from around the world and
enthusiasts of the rotary sports car will gather at an international Cosmo Sport rally in Gersthofen,
Germany, near Augsburg, from 10th to 15th August 2009.
A total of 14 Cosmo Sport models have also made the long trip from Japan to Europe on a Mazda
transport ship, and will make up one of the many exciting highpoints of the event. These unique cars
arrived in Antwerp harbour at the end of last week, where they were transferred to land for the final
leg of their journey to southern Germany with the Mosolf transport company. Awaiting them are not only
a number of Cosmo Sport owners from around the world, but also five additional Cosmo Sport vehicles
and their owners from various European countries.
This kind of rally is unique to Europe, and has been organised by the German Mazda dealer Auto Frey,
with transport of the Japanese Cosmo Sport vehicles handled by Mazda Motors Deutschland and Mazda
Logistics Europe. The Bavarian-based dealer Auto Frey has been a dedicated Mazda franchise for over
three decades, and owns one of the world’s most exclusive collections of Mazda heritage vehicles. Many
of these cars have the revolutionary rotary technology from Felix Wankel under the bonnet. The
collection encompasses about 160 vehicles, roughly 45 of them with rotary engines, and is housed in
buildings near Gersthofen. No surprise that one of the international Cosmo rally’s highpoints promises
to be a visit to this unique collection. The participants will travel in convoy to see it on 12th
Also awaiting the rally’s international guests is a schedule that includes visits to the prettiest
locations in southern Germany. Planned is a visit to the Rotary Institute and, of course, a tour of
Felix Wankel’s home, along with visits to the world-famous Neuschwanstein castle.
Mazda Cosmo 110 S was the first production car with a two-rotor engine. It went into production in
Japan in 1967, shortly before the NSU Ro80 went into production in Germany. Its 10A engine had a
displacement of 2 x 491 cmł that developed 110 PS of power at 7,000 rpm and torque of 142 Nm at 5,000
rpm. The rotary housing and side covers were made of aluminium. The surface of the rotary housing was
hardened by chrome plating, and the side covers coated with chromium molybdenum steel. Some 1,176
examples of this sports coupe were built until 1972.