This week’s headlines include a new engine prototype from Safran, a split-cycle power plant from the Scuderi Group, and Michigan State revealing a 25-kilowatt version of its own experimental system. And despite the waning production of Ford GTs, there are still a few developments worth checking out. Here’s a closer look at some of the major developments. Also: The price of a one-off direct-injection system has reached the stratosphere, and Doyle is looking for investors.
Safran unveils new engine prototype
Airliner makers could soon see a more fuel-efficient engine in the sky, thanks to Safran’s new open-rotor engine prototype. The new architecture could reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent. The new engine is expected to be ready for testing around 2025. Ultimately, it may even affect airline fares, since it would cut the cost of fuel. But there are a few hurdles to overcome before this new engine can reach the skies.
The new prototype uses additive manufacturing, dual-channel fadec, and unspecified new materials to produce an engine with 1,100 horsepower. The engine’s power-to-weight ratio will be up to 30 percent higher than the current engine, making it more efficient in offshore missions, search-and-rescue, and firefighting missions. Safran named the new engine prototype after a geographical feature in the Pyrenees mountains. The name of the high-altitude lake is Arrius. Another name is Makila, which refers to a traditional Basque walking stick. The new engine prototype will also be used in military transport helicopters.
Scuderi Group unveils split-cycle engine
The Scuderi Group has revealed a prototype of its split-cycle engine. The prototype can store compressed air to push the power cylinders down when the engine is at a low power level. This is an important feature to consider, as proper use of compressed air can increase fuel efficiency by 50 percent. The Scuderi Group plans to test the split-cycle engine in the next few months.
The Scuderi Group unveiled a prototype of its new engine at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ World Congress in Detroit last month. The Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine produces 80% fewer pollutants than conventional internal combustion engines and will also increase fuel efficiency significantly. The engine uses turbocharged components and is expected to generate 140 horsepower per liter of compressed air. It is the latest development of the company’s split-cycle technology.
Michigan State reveals 25-kilowatt version of its engine prototype
A new engine prototype demonstrates the viability of using batteries to power electric vehicles. Originally, the Chevrolet Chevette was a bad choice for electric propulsion, but in 1977 GM decided to convert the vehicle to electric propulsion. The Chevrolet Electrovette was supposed to use nickel-zinc batteries, but prototypes used standard lead-acid batteries, installed in the rear seat.
Ford GT production is winding down
Considering the fact that the Ford GT is a legendary car with a legendary racing history, it’s no surprise that Ford Motor Co. is looking to extend production of the car. The car’s production is limited, with only about 1,350 units being made each year. It’s also unlikely that the company will produce the GT again within the next 10 years. Ford says it will be a good investment to buy one now while supply is limited.
The production of the Ford GT was supposed to start at the end of 2016, but a test mule was seen leaving a factory outside Detroit shortly before its February exit. The company hasn’t seen the mule in five years, so it’s a sad day for GT fans. However, the company apologizes for the failure of the video. The Ford GT has been a hot seller for decades, and the car’s upcoming debut in the 2016 Detroit Auto Show could be its final chance for production.