Lotus Begins OMNIVORE Flex Fuel Engine Project

August 13, 2008
Some engine types can run on an endless number of fuels (Chrysler's gas turbine, for instance, was once demonstrated operating on a tank full of tequila), but for whatever reason, most piston engines run - at most - on one or two.; OMNIVORE, Lotus Engineering's latest project, aims to change that.
Partnering with Jaguar and the Queen's University of Belfast, Lotus hopes to create a two-stroke engine that is capable of running on a wide variety of naturally-sourced alcohols (i.e. ethanol or methanol).
Lotus claims the OMNIVORE engine, currently under development, will sport direct fuel injection and a variable compression ratio, potentially allowing for an infinite number of fuel types and sources to be used without any detriment to performance.
As OMNIVORE is primarily a research program, Lotus has no set timetable for placing the engine into production.; To ease development costs, initial prototypes will be single-cylinder units, although the technology, once fully developed, could be adapted for larger engines.


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