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Peachlaser
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Post Number: 75
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 8:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This seems to be old news from way back in 2004. Wondering if anyone has heard anything abuzz about this new engine technology? http://www.bizjournals.com/jac ksonville/stories/2004/04/12/s tory7.html?page=1
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Redvetred
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 8:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Apparently, he didn't make $300 million in 18 months and quit. Lots of smoke and mirrors, regarding engine technology, have been around for dozens of years. The new clean diesel technology seems to have the best chance of success and it doesn't produce the typical diesel noise.
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Mikeg
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Post Number: 786
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 9:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That mention in the article about this inventor looking for venture capital was just a diversionary tactic to get the attention of the automakers. Automotive insiders all know the way this game is played. As it turned out, it was Ford Motor Company's turn to pony up the hundreds of millions needed to license this guy's amazing discovery so it could be shelved and kept away from the press and consumers (and now you know what happened to Ford's cash hoard). I think it is Toyota's turn to buy-off the next inventor who comes up with a new internal combustion engine technology that delivers triple-digit efficiency gains. The automakers all know that the press is incurious and incapable of writing follow-up stories about amazing and credible inventions that disappear from view and thus the automakers have been able to suppress quantum leaps in ICE efficiency for the past 35 years.
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 2553
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 10:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice conspiracy theory. Too bad it is complete and total BS. The auto companies spend Billions of dollars every year developing and refining engine technology. If this man had a product that delivered the returns he claims in a manufacturable product the auto companies would gladly pay out the pennies he is looking for.

If an autocompany could produce a significant boost in fuel saving they would. It would put them at such a huge advantage over their competition. The stockholders would sue the living shit out of any autocompany that was found shelving fuel economy improvements.

What incentive would an autocompany have in shelving technology? What Autocompany wouldn't take any available technology and use it to crush their compitition.
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Cambrian
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Post Number: 1007
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 10:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any body go to the SAE expo this week? An inventor was there with his radial engine making similar claims about radical efficiencies and clean power production of his engine design compared with an internal combustion engine.
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Mikeg
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Post Number: 787
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 10:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I guess I should have added </sarcasm>.
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Peachlaser
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Post Number: 76
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 11:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw this article associated with the rumor that Al Solaroli, the inventor, is possibly going to be the owner of one or more Porsche RS Spyders P2 prototype racers. But, this is a rumor built upon a rumor, so who knows? The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is already a place where new high-tech engines are being used and tested (like the Audi V-12 diesel). So, if Solaroli has something up his sleeve, it will be interesting to see.
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3rdworldcity
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Post Number: 604
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 9:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sure this didn't come from the "Onion?"

Used to be, the rumor involved some guy who invented a water based liquid that would power cars for 10 cents a gallon and the oil companies kept buying off the inventors yadda yadda yadda. Same old, same old.

And what was it old P. T. said...?
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Psip
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Post Number: 1821
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 9:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Btw, 3RD, I recently saw an article that Ford was offering the F150 with a Rousch propane conversion as an option. $6,500.00 !
You were dead nuts on.

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