A startup company by the name of Transonic Combustion has developed a new fuel injection system that delivers 64MPG as opposed to the 51MPG that tops the hybrid class to date. Transonic Combustion Technology-TSCi Fuel Injection differs from direct injection systems by using supercritical fluids and igniting the fuel with no spark.
“The key is heating and pressurizing gasoline before injecting it into the combustion chamber,” says Mike Rocke, Transonic vice president of business development. “This puts it into a supercritical state that allows for very fast and clean combustion, which in turn decreases the amount of fuel needed to propel a vehicle.”
Once the fuel has been injected into the chamber the heat and pressure alone are enough to cause the fuel to combust without a spark. “One key question is the impact the high pressures and temperatures will have on how long the engine lasts,” Rocke says.
We can’t wait to find out the answer to that question and will keep you posted on any further developments.
But for now, follow the jump to learn more about this phenomenal breakthrough.
The goal of Transonic Combustion is to make automobiles more energy efficient by making them more fuel efficient without adding a heftier price to the automobile itself. Currently, Transonic Combustion claims they can improve the efficiency of gasoline powered engines by about 50%. That not only makes a difference for our environment, but, let’s faces it; it makes a nice difference for our wallets too.
Transonic Combustion has been testing the new injection system in its own test engine and is currently testing it with three automakers. Rocke says that at a steady cruising speed of 50 miles per hour, the test car gets 98 miles per gallon. Plans for production are set for 2014 and the price for the TSCi Fuel Injection is expected to match that of the high-end fuel injections on the market today.
Benefits of the TSCi Technology:
Improved Fuel Efficiency
Lower Greenhouse Emissions
Economical OEM Powertrain Integration
Global Automotive Industry Sustainability