Lotus develops engines running on alcohol. The only other autos that do this in America are the drag racers. Made by Lotus Engineering, with the collaboration of Queen’s University Belfast and the Jaguar Cars, this new engine concept that's called the Omnivore will be revolutionary - offering greatly improved efficiency of fuel for the sustainable alcohol bio fuels as well as the low emissions of CO2.
The Omnivore engine will have an innovative compression variable ratio system with 2-stroke operating cycle having direct fuel injection. Mike Kimberley, the Chief Executive Officer of Group Lotus says "Alcohols possess superior combustion characteristics to gasoline which allow greater optimization. Taking full advantage of the benefits of sustainable bio alcohols will ensure a greater percentage of vehicle miles will be traveled using renewable fuels."
"The automotive industry is now focusing on its environmental obligations to reduce CO2 emissions and improve efficiencies and we are seeing the high technology capabilities of Lotus Engineering being in strong demand. Not only does our brand value of ’performance through light weight’ fit perfectly with the necessary direction of the industry to produce lighter, more efficient vehicles, we are also working on all aspects of future fuels, investigating alternative powertrains to accommodate alcohol fuels as they enter the market." Kimberley adds: "Alcohols possess superior combustion characteristics to gasoline which allow greater optimisation. Taking full advantage of the benefits of sustainable bio alcohols will ensure a greater percentage of vehicle miles will be travelled using renewable fuels. We are delighted with the investment from DEFRA which will assist this partnership in taking forward research development and the demonstration of this environmentally conscious transport solution."
Geraint Castleton - the White, Head of Powertrain for Lotus Engineering affirmed: "The requirement to operate on gasoline in today’s flex-fuel engines limits their thermal efficiency when operating on alcohol fuels. However, the physical and chemical properties of alcohols, when compared to gasoline, provide the potential for higher thermal efficiency operation to be achieved. This single-cylinder research engine will investigate a highly thermal efficient combustion system that optimises engine performance to fully exploit the properties of both gasoline and alcohol fuels and maximise efficiency".
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