A native of the USSR, living in the US, Nikolay Shkolnik, together with his son has invented, patented and tested the most powerful and efficient in the world internal combustion engine, informs Segodnya (RU).
The new engine will be much more effective and light comparatively to existing ones.
- Engine Pros: Power, portability, absence of vibrations.
- Engine Cons: Unreliable, due to the low wear of seals, low environmental friendliness.
The engine has being tested over 15 hours. However, according to the standards, before going into production, it should work 50 hours continuously. This requires the engine reliability to be driven 100,000 miles (still a dream, admit the designers) for the automotive industry.
Today the project has already received $18 million of venture capital investments, $1 million of which in advanced development from the US Defense Advanced Military Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
BACKGROUND: The inventors improved rotary engine, the principle of which was proposed in the middle of the 20th century by the German inventor Felix Wankel. Unlike conventional piston engines, containing many moving and rotating parts, the Wankel rotary engine has a triangular rotor rotating inside the chamber.