Sad news for all the fans of Japanese automotive enthusiasts.
Kenichi Yamamoto, the co-founder of Mazda's Rotary Engine Development and father of all things that happened with Mazda's Rotary engines, has passed away. As the former CEO of Mazda, he was 95 years old.
From the start, trying to make an impossible engine design work with the perseverance of the original 47 project engineers, testing over 500 material prototypes for the apex seal, to the control of vibrations that haunted the experiments, to mass production for the Cosmo to the RX8, and the final challenge to put the firm's fate on a race, the victory of 24 Hours of LeMans... He was there, for five full dacades, guiding the process and the company, and hope for the City of Hiroshima, with his famous words,"Aku naki Cho Sen" translated as the Insatiable Challenge.
Thank you, for all the success, and an amazing machine that rewrote automotive history.
May he rest in peace.