Study to cut car fuel usage could decrease running costs and cut carbon emissions

Researchers from the University of Bath are embarking on a new project to achieve a ground breaking 35 per cent reduction in car fuel usage that will decrease running costs and cut carbon emissions.

The team has been awarded £590,000 from the Technology Strategy Board as part of a £4.2M consortium which includes Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus Engineering and Shell. The other consortium members are GE Precision, CD Adapco, the University of Leeds and Imperial College London.

The project aims to develop a petrol engine achieving the same performance as the current 5.0L V8 engine from an engine less than half the size, meaning that the engine runs more efficiently during everyday driving.

The highly ambitious three-year project will push many existing engine technologies beyond their current perceived operating boundaries. The resulting engine will have a higher specific torque rating than any production engine but with better fuel economy than current diesel engines and with the refinement, durability and emissions compliance of next generation petrol engines.

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