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He supervised the development of the Mazda Rtoary rotary combustion engine entine, and served as Mazda ‘s President — and Chairman — The rotary is an exceptional case where one company and one man made the difference — without Yamamoto-san, the rotary would have slipped beneath the waves of time leaving barely a trace of an obscure, short-lived German marque.

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The project produced an engine with significant improvement in fuel economy. On 30 NovemberYamamoto became the President of the company now called Mazda. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

About this article Category Technology Industry. Rather than a reluctant donkey that needs prodding, the rotary leaps forwards with the unrestrained joy of a young puppy, giving its power freely. He made certain not only that the rotary engine was reality in production, but also that it was eventually bulletproof. To this end, Matsuda instilled in Yamamoto yammoto conviction that the Hiroshima company could and must succeed through engineering ingenuity — a noble philosophy that greatly inspired the young Yamamoto.


On this firm belief, we created and launched the RX-7 in He began examining them during his off time, carefully checking the specs and tolerances on the transmission components he was assembling. This page was last edited on 14 Augustat Mazda phased out the rotary engine inlast used in the RX-8 sports car.

Constantly covered in oil, Yamamoto was far removed from actual engineering work, until one day he stumbled upon a stack of blueprints. Inhe was recruited to the Japanese Navy but returned to his hometown of Hiroshima in September after it was devastated by the atomic bomb. He left his chairman role inbecoming a senior adviser and eventually retiring in Japan.

He took care of her and sought work in the utterly devastated city. We raced the Argo two straight season, ran every race of each year, every session of every race and every lap of each session and won both endurance championships without removing the engine from the car once!

Kenichi Yamamoto, the former Mazda Motor Corp. I sincerely hope Mazda respects what he did and builds upon the rich legacy he and his team achieved during his tenure. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Yamamoto was born in Kumamoto Prefecture on 16 Septemberand subsequently moved to Hiroshima with his family. In only two years, he was promoted from a factory worker to management and started a project for a new engine, set to power a new small three-wheel truck with a Mazda badge.

Yamamoto then drove Toyo Kogyo President Tsunegi Matsuda across Japan for two weeks, showcasing the technology for dealerships and banks — and making the case for the automaker’s survival in a government-dictated industry.


In Japan, Yamamoto is considered the father of the rotary engine. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Before I ever bought a rotary engined sports car I knew the name of Kenichi Yamamato and his accomplishments at Mazda.

Mazda Rotary Engine’s Father, Kenichi Yamamoto, Passes Away

Yes, I’d like to receive information and whitepapers from select third-party partners of Automotive News. Former boss died at He once said, “If you insist on one, yes, my identity will always be with the rotary engine. Great machines conceived by even greater people. May you rest rotarj the Auto. Yes, I’d like to stay informed about upcoming Automotive News events and conferences.

Mazda Rotary Engine’s Father, Kenichi Yamamoto, Passes Away

Thanks for the write-up, Dave! A year later, he retired from the company.

Lenichi to anyone who has come into contact with him, and you will hear stories of wonder and admiration. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. He was in my opinion, a great man who with his engineering team stood alone with the development of the rotary engine.