just curious...people want to swap rotary into a lot of different cars, n basically what is the power/torque/time gains u gonna benefit from swapping in a rotary into a beetle...
I have a 12a in my bug with a IDA carb and a free flowing exhaust. I was quoted at having around 160hp with my current setup at the flywheel by a reputable mazda shop. I have yet to run in the quarter mile with my setup tuned, but with it running like crap (bogging off of the line) slipping clutch and my wife in the passenger seat, i ran 15 flat. And that was with a 45 dellorto carb. Like I mentioned, I now have an IDA and the car feels much faster.
The bug weighs about 1800lbs (pre 1967) and gets going pretty good. doing the conversion adds about 40lbs to the rear (engine is 40 lbs heavier than a vw engine) and whatever the weight of the cooling system.
By the way, I know that 200hp, geared tranny, and slicks will put a bug in the 12's.
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