Ahh yes of course. The Saab 99 series engine was based on the old Triumph Slant 4 or half the V8 Stag engine...northern_mike wrote: the old Triumph nails. I'm not allowed a 96..
It was only an old nail because it was so poorly built by Triumph. Ditto the Stag engine. Casting sand left in the water passages was never the way to go...
The Stag V8 is now a well-sorted and reliable engine and well-loved. I must say it sounds ace.
The Slant 4 also spawned the 16 valve Dolly Sprint engine.. That was well-loved in its day...
Te owner of the RX-8 wanted V6 power, ES9J4 to be precise) or nothing. Many alternative power plants were suggested, including a small jet engine, but none found favour so the project was binned
Rover did a prototype jet powered car in the 50s. It looked lovely. There's on in the BMH Museum at Gaydon which, incidentally, is well worth a visit.
Do take a box of hankies though as the missed opportunities for the British motor industry you'll see there will bring floods of tears to the strongest