Internal Combustion Engine - High Efficiency

Around 60% overall efficiency, a tremendous advantage

I have divulged a large number of unique and useful inventions, but this is one that I have not figured out how to release the information. I invented this peculiar engine in October 2002 and I fully experimentally tested a small prototype very early one June afternoon in 2004, in my back yard location. It worked even better than my calculations of Physics and Engineering had suggested it would. Rather interestingly, I only spent around $80 to build the prototype, and about half of that was for two old conventional Briggs & Stratton 3.5 horsepower lawnmower engines that I took parts from.

There HAVE BEEN a very small number of people who have found my web-page references to my peculiar engine, and who clearly have a lust for billions of dollars of profits, but even they have never shown any interest in my actual technology. They just see the possibility where if they might get GM or Ford to need to make 5,000,000 new engines every year, that THEY would certainly receive billions of dollars if they could cause that to happen!

There is another logical reason why I have tolerated delaying releasing the information for my very different technology of an automotive engine. The Oil Industry has long published annual Reports which show that ALL the oil that might be available for digging up, is all expected to have been completely removed by about the year 2043. Whether or not anyone would change over to my more efficient technology, it seems certain that it would take at least 20 years to start to mass produce all those very different vehicle engines. That suggests that the FIRST automobiles based on my technology might only come into existence around the year 2035 or so. That would mean that only limited used could be made, due to a world wide lack of availability of petroleum and gasoline!

Interestingly, during the 1920s, when thousands of creative inventors were trying everything they could think of to improve the performance of automobiles and trucks, at least one company had come 'whisker-close' to having discovered the technology I found eighty years later! But they clearly never realized the full importance of what was in their grasp, and they never advanced the technology except in minimal ways.

In early June 2004, my strange little engine produced about 12 horsepower at the lawnmower engine's standard Governor-limited speed of 3600 rpms.

But I got too enthusiastic and having deleted its Governor, I was able to wind it up to higher revs. At around 6300 rpm, that little engine briefly produced slightly over 43 horsepower. The engine then demonstrated the minimal mechanical strength of generic lawnmower engine parts, and it showed that they could not survive. There was a massive disintegration, and it was quite fortunate that I happened to be standing in a place where I was not injured (or killed). That tiny engine had a Displacement of about 9 cid or about 0.15 liters.

I later Designed and began to collect parts to build a larger prototype, one which would use a lot of parts from VW Beetle pancake engines and which would have a displacement of arould 72 cid (or 1.2 liters). My experience with the earlier prototype suggested that this engine might be capable of producing around 350 horsepower at around 6,000 rpm, where I then intended to install it in a 1985 Corvette I have. I felt pretty confident that the Corvette would have AT LEAST the standard Corvette performance (which is VERY impressive) while also having fuel economy that was spectacular! I intended to remove the conventional engine and transmission, which would have removed around 600 pounds of weight from the Corvette.

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My intention was to have my Corvette have AT LEAST the acceleration of the standard 5.7 liter Corvette engine, but to have fuel consumption of an engine that was only about 1/5 as large a displacement. As a 'personal experiment', I had intended to try to drive from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, around 1400 miles, on a single tank of gasoline! The standard Corvette engine got good gas mileage, around 25 mpg, where it got around 450 miles on one tank of gasoline. My Engineering calculations suggested that the same car with the 1.2 liter engine should easily be able to make the 1400 mile trip on one tankful. Actually, the Engineering calculations suggested that it might nearly be able to make the ROUND TRIP of 2800 miles on a single tankfull, but I thought that was too wild to even think possible! In any case, the Corvette would have the behavior and performance AT LEAST as good as the original Corvette!

But I was an old man even then and it had never been realistic for me to actually complete building that second prototype engine or further modifying the Corvette it was to go into.

So I never found out whether this was realistic or else a silly thought!


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C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago