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Crazy powerful/efficient engines?

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Date: Mar 13, 2007 - 04:54 PM
Technology Review offers up an intriguing twist that could give new life to the internal combustion engine:

Cohn and his colleagues have created a design that they believe could triple the power of a test engine, an advance that could allow automakers to convert small engines designed for economy cars into muscular engines with more than enough power for SUVs or sports cars. By extracting better performance from smaller, more efficient engines, the technology could lead to vehicles whose fuel economy rivals that of hybrids, which use both an electric motor and a gasoline engine. And that fuel efficiency could come at a fraction of the cost.




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