Automakers have spent Billions in ways to make ICE live on but sadly none of this is going to do it.
The best shot was Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition. This was cleaner and 15% more efficient but even with the billions GM and Mazda spent it just was not enough. High compression will be much cleaner and adds power but just not enough to keep meeting the new regulations.
If this deal here would work it would be already in production.
You know that Honda had a system, the CVCC. Not a civic, but Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion. It used a 3 barrel carburetor. The 2 barrel section fed a super lean mixture to the cylinders. The 3rd tiny barrel fed a richer mixture to the spark plug chambers that lived lived above the main combustion chambers in a thimble sized, perforated stainless steel cup that was fed a rich enough mixture to ignite with spark, sending flame into the lean, larger, main combustion chamber for ignition. If you put a Webber or aftermarket carb on it, the staged, original design defeated, you had an overly rich, gas guzzling, cylinders washed down, oil contaminated with excess fuel, bad running, short lived POS engine. It was a design that was misunderstood by many. It came to mind after reading the aim of plasma ignition for a super lean mixture... I wonder about it firing accurately and separately at 100 cycles per second. 7,000 rpm.
Creating a super hot spark system while leaning out the mix would increase the operating temp. greatly,no? We worked with Yamaha snowmobile engines,very hot spark and lean mixture would melt pistons even spark plugs.
Here is the deal. Just look at the numbers we have and the numbers that need to be met.
Then look at all the stuff they are doing today to get better mpg. Cutting cylinders, smaller engines, smaller cars, more expensive fuel systems, more expensive turbo systems. More expensive materials.
They have gone as far as cutting down the size of bolts on the Cadillacs to reduce weight. Any extra thread is engineered out. They have gone from looking for a mpg per gallon to looking for a 16th of a gallon
We have a number of Rube Goldberg items now competing for goverment credits just to meet emissions numbers now.
All this has drive development cost to where it is never ending while prices in EV parts are getting cheaper like the motors and batteries.
We all need to understand there is no special surprise development around the corner to save ICE.
Then there has always been the snake oil like Fish Carbs and Spitfire plugs. No the oil industry never bought up these 100 mile carbs.
That plasma sounds good. My Dad, who was electrician in the mines, told me in 1966 that "they could put a capacitor in a spark plug and it would burn the gas better and be more power, but they'll never do it". He was right until 1989 when it got started. I bought a set of Pulstar plugs in 2009 and got 4.7 more mpg. But the granddaddy was Ray Covey who vaporized ALL the gas with exhaust heat and got 79.9 MPG out of a 400(6.5 L) cu.in. Chrysler motor. No plasma needed, just good ol exhaust heat....work on that!!!!
Thank you Kyle and Hagerty for a wonderful article. I'm sure many thinking owners with barouches using traditional spark plugs would welcome a set. But so would those of us with late '30s, '40s Buicks, Cadillacs, LaSalles, Chevrolets and Packards which all use 10mm plugs. Lot of us out here with cars using all size plugs, so an opportunity for any manufacturer paying attention.
Right you are. It comes down to lobbying power. A single flight from SFO to O'Hare negates an entire year living in tiny energy efficient home and driving a Prius. And av gas is still heavily leaded; all those private and light aircraft showering brain damage, dementia, senility on children and the rest of us.
Unfortunately, most car buffs are too us/them, insular, disenfranchised to organize, address the big picture, the overarching threat to our ICE cars. According to a 2013 poll of 2,000 UN scientists, and a 11/5/19 poll of 11,000 scientists reported in Bloomberg News, overpopulation is by far the world's biggest problem, their words: "bigger than climate."
Norway has banned all i.c. automobiles including collector cars in three (3) years, 2025, the rest of Scandinavia 2030, the European Union 2035, France and England, for now, 2040, 2050. Here in the States, bank on ever increasing, punishing, restrictive fees and surcharges.
But UN and other vetted studies show that animals raised for meat and dairy produce more greenhouse gas than all the world's cars, trucks, buses, trains, planes, ships combined. Part of saving our i.c. cars might be as simple as adopting instead of having more kids, and being vegan hasn't slowed down 77-year-old rodder rocker Jeff Beck nor the world's leading Grand Prix driver, Lewis Hamilton.
Meanwhile, many of us with all manner of collector, vintage, and regular ICE cars would like to have a set of the above "plasma plugs" in 5/8", 13/16", 7/8", 14mm, 18mm, 10mm.
Any well-connected can-doers listening?
News to me, and perhaps to many others. Per my query above, any chance of such plugs produced today in sizes 5/8", 13/16", 7/8", 14mm, 18mm, 10mm? The latter size for those of us with late '30s, '40s Buicks, Cadillacs, LaSalles, Chevrolets, Packards.
Not that the AC M8s we get at NAPA aren't swell plugs and somehow the right heat range for us all, but plasma plugs, oo la la!
Because so far, despite being the most abundant element in the universe, separating hydrogen consumes more energy than it produces. Until we focus on what a 2013 poll of 2,000 UN scientists, and a 11/5/19 poll reported in Bloomberg News of 11,000 scientists agree is the world's biggest problem, their words, "bigger than climate,"
o v e r p o p u l a t i o n,
i.c. cars are doomed, and EVs a Band Aid on a patient hemorrhaging in the ER; future wars over not just oil and diminishing fresh water, but copper and lithium.
I.C. automobiles are a convenient whipping boy.
UN and other studies show animals raised for meat and dairy produce more greenhouse gas than all the world's cars, trucks, buses, trains, planes, ships combined.
So, the answers to saving our cars are simple, but will not be easy to instill:
Have "one or none," or adopt, and be vegan, which has not slowed 77-year-old rodder rocker Jeff Beck nor the world's leading Grand Prix driver, Lewis Hamilton.
Adding to the win-win-win, only when people control what they consume will health insurance, public or private, be affordable.
Though not a medical insurance company, perhaps Hagerty will buck the consumer-driven media's blackout on overpopulation, unless they want to compete with State Farm, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, Geico, Esurance, USAA insuring EVs while pandering to stalwarts via their "Drivers Club" print and online magazine with thrice told tales of Camaros, Ford GT40s, muscle cars.
Every nation with declining birthrate has a higher GNP per capita.
Perhaps some enjoy grinding the life from their special cars on the halting lock step of concrete conveyor belt, or have a nearby bucolic back road, so all's right in their world.
Or, we can dismiss the above as "politics," go back to yeah buts, buck passing, us/thems, have only ourselves to blame when our i.c. rides, collector cars included, are banned, as they will be in three years in Norway (2025), 2030 the rest of Scandinavia, 2035 in the European Union, 2040 and 2050, for now, in France and England, bank on ever increasing surcharges and punitive fees here in the US.
Americans, spoiled by living on a huge continent still viewed as inexhaustible cornucopia -- which it never was -- want to "have it all," hence the oxymoron of "sport utility vehicle," four-door pick ups, even Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Maserati willing to slap their badges on "crossovers" looking like wheeled hamsters in heat.