Lamborghini Gallardo getting 26B rotary conversion

Mitchell Jones

When it comes to engine swaps, exotic cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis are sacred ground, invoking ire if someone dares to remove their precision-crafted hearts. Case-in-point, the VW Jetta-powered Lamborghini in our Top 10 strangest engine swaps special.

Redemption may come in the form of this 26B quad-rotor under construction by Canada’s Derwin Performance, as featured on its Facebook page.

Generally speaking, the most common layout for a Wankel rotary engine is the 13B two-rotor as seen in the RX-7 and RX-8. The early ’90s JDM-only Cosmo was a triple-rotor 20B, with a V8-like 220kW and 403Nm, while a four-rotor 26B was used in the 24 hours of LeMans winning 787B.

Derwin’s rotary will be built in-house, with eccentric shafts sourced from New Zealand – considered the Mecca of rotary engines. It will be peripheral ported, too.

Careful attention will be paid to the exhaust system to ensure it produces a bassy staccato worthy of an exotic supercar. Power output is expected to be in the neighbourhood of 600hp (447kW).

The team are also working on a 20B triple-rotor RX-8. Tell us what you think about the idea of a rotary-engined Lamborghini below.

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