The press days of the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, the world's leading trade fair dedicated to transport and logistics, wrapped up Wednesday with dozens of new vehicle and accessory debuts. Over 1750 exhibitors fill the Hannover Messe, promoting the efficiency and flexibility of trucks, buses, utility vans, etc.
Over the weekend the Scuderi Engine was featured on a panel of "breakthrough technologies" as part of the American Renewable Energy Day event held in Aspen, Colo. And while the bulk of the four-day program featured what some might call long-term visions of a more environmentally sound world, there was some realistic discussion on how to make that actually happen in the short term. That's where the Scuderi Engine came in.
Followers of the Scuderi Engine are always interested in finding out what the latest news is around the testing and development of the prototype engine. And unfortunately, most can't follow us to the conferences and trade shows to hear our detailed engineering presentations.
The Engine Expo in Stuttgart wrapped up today, with the climax of the event being the prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards that occurred Wednesday.
This week, the Scuderi Engine is on exhibit at Europe's premier engine trade show, Engine Expo. Held annually in Stuttgart, it is a three-day "feast" of automotive technologies.
2010 has been the year of the electric vehicle (EV). No doubt about that.
There is an interesting development coming out of Southwest Research Institute, the independent lab in San Antonio, Tex., that is building and testing the Scuderi Engine. Engineers working on the prototype have found that, when operating under low load conditions, the pressure - and ultimately the efficiency - increases, and becomes more repeatable from cycle to cycle, when one of the two crossover passages is shut off.
President Obama's announcement last week of a new planning process to set fuel efficiency goals is getting applause from automakers. The long-term plan builds on rules set last month for 2012-16 light vehicles, which require average fleet fuel efficiency of 35.5 mpg by 2016.
Downsizing has been a popular method among auto makers for years as a way to increase efficiency by forcing more oxygen into the combustion process, which allows the engine to be designed smaller and thus take more weight off the overall size of the vehicle. Unfortunately, downsizing has it limits and the physics of it all will only allow the reduction to only go so far.