Need for innovation
Traditional combustion engines are under pressure and emissions is the main reason. One of the main drivers in engine design is downsizing witout compromising its performance to ensure significant fuel savings. An other trend is the shift against zero CO2 fuels to minimize the GHG footprint.
LRT engine architecture has obvious advantages in both trends. Through extremely compact design and low weight, you achieve a weight / performance that is industry-leading. We have built a prototype that provides about 200 HP with a weight of about 104 kg without optimization for industrial production. The cylinder volume is a modest 1.2 liters.
Through a radical solution for geometrically changing the compression conditions in the engine, fuel consumption is significantly improved under normal operating conditions for a car. Based on its experience from the VC-T engine, Nissan claims that the savings are about 27% in “normal use”.
Geometric change in compression ratios also allows the engines to be less “vulnerable” to fuel properties such as calorific values and octane numbers. This gives the concept of Multifuel new content. In principle, the LRT engine can fill regular petrol one day and 100% e-methanol the next day without the need for mechanical changes. In short, well prepared for today’s and tomorrow’s fuel. Wherever you are on the planet.