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.
Like everything else associated with the car industry, the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress itself has gone through a noticeable downsizing. This year’s event – the annual gathering in Detroit of auto engineers that kicked off today – presented an entirely new look.
New U.S. fuel efficiency standards approved Thursday call for better engine efficiency and emissions over the next six years. No doubt, this is great timing for auto makers and the Scuderi Engine.