Car Engine Design
CBS News Reports Astonishing New Car Engine Design
"A car that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds and get more than 50 miles to the gallon would be enough to pique any driver's interest. So who do we have to thank for it. Ford? GM? Toyota? No – just Victor, David, Cheeseborough, Bruce, and Kosi, five kids from the auto shop program at West Philadelphia High School."
-- CBS News on breakthrough in car engine design
The CBS news article below reveals a major breakthrough in car engine design. This car engine gets over 50 mpg, goes from zero to 60 in four seconds, and runs on soybean oil! So why didn't this remarkable engine design breakthrough make front page headlines in all major media? It may be the same reason many other major energy breakthroughs have been reported but never given the headlines they deserve. Those who are reaping huge profits from oil sales have much more political and media influence than you might imagine.
Under the CBS article, a brief description and links are included for several other car engine breakthroughs reported in the mainstream media, including car engines that get over 1,000 mpg! Explore these fascinating articles to see if these aren't legitimate inventions that should transform car engine design. Yet why isn't the public aware of this? You can make a difference now by playing the role at which the media is so sadly failing. Spread the news on these amazing breakthroughs far and wide. And see the "What you can do" box at the bottom for ideas on how you can further educate yourself and make a difference.
Kids Build Soybean-Fueled Car
The star at last week's Philadelphia Auto Show wasn't a sports car or an economy car. It was a sports-economy car – one that combines performance and practicality under one hood.
But as CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports in this week's Assignment America, the car that buyers have been waiting decades [for] comes from an unexpected source and runs on soybean bio-diesel fuel to boot. A car that can go from zero to 60 in four seconds and get more than 50 miles to the gallon would be enough to pique any driver's interest. So who do we have to thank for it. Ford? GM? Toyota? No – just Victor, David, Cheeseborough, Bruce, and Kosi, five kids from the auto shop program at West Philadelphia High School.
The five kids, along with a handful of schoolmates, built the soybean-fueled car as an after-school project. It took them more than a year – rummaging for parts, configuring wires and learning as they went. As teacher Simon Hauger notes, these kids weren't exactly the cream of the academic crop.
"We have a number of high school dropouts," he says. "We have a number that have been removed for disciplinary reasons and they end up with us." One of the Fab Five, Kosi Harmon, was in a gang at his old school – and he was a terrible student. The car project has changed all that.
"I was just getting by with the skin of my teeth, C's and D's," he says. "I came here, and now I'm a straight-A student."
To Hauger, the soybean-powered car shows what kids – any kids – can do when they get the chance. "If you give kids that have been stereotyped as not being able to do anything an opportunity to do something great, they'll step up," he says.
Stepping up is something the big automakers have yet to do. They're still in the early stages of marketing hybrid cars while playing catch-up to the Bad News Bears of auto shop.
"We made this work," says Hauger. "We're not geniuses. So why aren't they doing it?"
Kosi thinks he knows why. The answer, he says, is the big oil companies. "They're making billions upon billions of dollars," he says. "And when this car sells, that'll go down – to low billions upon billions."
More car engine and energy breakthroughs in the major media
that should have been headline news (verbatim quotes from articles)
2,757.1 MPG Achieved at 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas
April 19, 2009, CNBC News
More than 500 students from North and South America were on hand to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency. So who came out on top? The student team from Laval University, with an astonishing 2,757.1 miles per gallon, equivalent to 1,172.2 kilometres per liter, won the grand prize.
Note: CNBC removed this article for some reason. It was still available on the Shell website at this link for a while, but then strangely removed. Using the Internet Archive, you can still view the article at this link. If students built a car engine that gets over 2,000 mpg, why can't Detroit make one that gets over 100 mpg?
Loremo: The 'Low Resistance Mobile'
February 20, 2008, MSN
The Loremo's German designers revisited the basics – engine efficiency, low weight, and minimal drag – to create a car that offers fuel-efficiency in the neighborhood of 130 to 150 miles per gallon. The Loremo is likely to dazzle drivers not with its acceleration, but with its ability to drive from New York to L.A. with only three stops at the pump. Not only will it enter mass production next year, it will sport a base price attainable by mortal motorists: 15,000 euros (about U.S. $22,000). After its 2009 release in Europe, the Loremo will be redesigned to reach the North American market the following year.
Car Heralded by London Times in 2002 - Where is it now?
December 2, 2004, Times of London
Tucked away on the Toyota stand you will find a cheeky little coupé that looks sporty but whose raison d'être is fuel economy, the lowest exhaust emissions and ease of recycling. The ES3 – the initials stand for Eco Spirit – achieves 104mpg in the official European fuel consumption tests, a record for a four-seat car. Not only is it even more economical than the special "3 litre" (three litres of fuel for every 100km travelled, or 94mpg) versions of the Audi A2 and VW Lupo that sell in Germany, but the Toyota is more lively and responsive and would be very acceptable as an everyday car.
Note: The Times strangely removed this article from their website. You can still read a copy of it in the revealing WantToKnow.info article at this link. You will also learn there how this amazing car, which was the talk of the fuel economy car industry in 2002, eventually disappeared.
more efficient than light bulb
July 5, 2005, CNN
The hydrogen-powered Ech2o needs just 25 Watts -- the equivalent of less than two gallons of petrol -- to complete the 25,000-mile global trip, while emitting nothing more hazardous than water. But with a top speed of 30mph, the journey would take more than a month to complete. Ech2o, built by British gas firm BOC, will bid to smash the world fuel efficiency record of over 10,000 miles per gallon at the Shell Eco Marathon. The record is currently....5,385 km/per liter [over 12,000 mpg!].
Fans of GM Electric Car Fight the Crusher
Washington Post, March 10, 2005
GM agrees that the car in question, called the EV1, was a rousing feat of engineering that could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under eight seconds with no harmful emissions. The market just wasn't big enough, the company says, for a car that traveled 140 miles or less on a charge before you had to plug it in like a toaster. Ted Flittner [a Costa Mesa industrial engineer] said, "they have such a brilliant solution they've developed. They've put it on the market and proved it works. People still want it and they're taking it away and destroying it."
BlackLight's physics-defying promise: Cheap power from water
July 2, 2008, CNN
Dr. Randell Mills, a Harvard-trained physician and founder of BlackLight ... claims this electricity will cost less than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour, which compares to a national average of 8.9 cents. BlackLight is negotiating with several utilities and architecture and engineering firms. The business, Mills says, has attracted $60 million in funding from wealthy individuals, investment firms ... and it is no longer seeking money. BlackLight's board of directors reads like a Who's Who of finance and energy leaders. [And this from an article in the UK's Guardian] Randell Mills, a Harvard University medic who also studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, claims to have built a prototype power source that generates up to 1,000 times more heat than conventional fuel. "We've got 50 independent validation reports, we've got 65 peer-reviewed journal articles," he said. "We ran into this theoretical resistance and there are some vested interests here.
Magnetic energy? Perhaps
September 7, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle
"All we know is that we're seeing more energy output than input. Does Goldes realize what's he's saying -- that he's perhaps discovered a clean, inexhaustible energy source? "That's exactly what it appears to be," he answered. A handful of other companies worldwide are believed also to be pursuing zero-point energy via magnetic systems. One of them ... is run by a former scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. According to Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, the Pentagon and at least two large aerospace companies are actively researching zero-point energy as a means of propulsion.
1908 Ford Model T: 25 MPG, 2008 EPA Average All Cars: 21 MPG
Detroit News/WantToKnow.info, June 4, 2004
Ford's Model T, which went 25 miles on a gallon of gasoline, was more fuel efficient than the current Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle -- which manages just 16 miles per gallon. How can it be that we've had such dramatic, almost miraculous advances in so many fields, while the energy and transportation sectors have made so little progress? Could it be that greed and the desire for economic and political control by the power elite of the world have kept the profit-rich energy and transportation sectors from developing as rapidly as they might have in a more open climate?
Note: This article is an excellent summary of eye-opening contradictions which have received very little media coverage, including links to major media articles to back up the facts presented. How is it that car engine design has had only relatively small improvements over the last 100 years? Could vested oil interests prevent key discoveries, like some of those above, from moving car engine design forward?
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