Here’s another in our long series of new engines, trying to change the way we think about internal combustion engines, ready to go except they’re waiting for investment. This is the Scuderi Split Cycle engine. I noticed this in Cycle World magazine and thought I would check it out. It uses two cylinders, one for intake and compression and the other for power and exhaust. After compression, the charge is rapidly transferred to cylinder two where the turbulent mixture is burned more rapidly than usual meaning it’s cleaner than a standard engine, hence the name split cycle.
It’s a great idea, just like many of the other engines that pop up, but the news now is hybrid, hydrogen, biodiesel, electric and all of the really new technologies. These guys have a steep hill to climb, convincing investors to get behind an improvement in century old liquid fuel technology. Of course, diesel isn’t exactly new, but there’s been a leap in mileage and power and no new tooling is necessary for biodiesel. Anyway, it is interesting.
The Kneeslider: Scuderi Split Cycle Engine Again