An extruded-aluminum four-cylinder prototype IC (internal combustion) engine, demonstrated late last year, took less than seven months to deve-lop. Power Beat Intl. Ltd. claims the technology provides the following advantages for engine design and manufacture:
- High efficiency
- Low cost
- Light weight
- Less engine noise
- Fewer parts than conventional designs
The engine, code named ALU-X(TM), uses an extruded-aluminum cylinder block, crank case, head, and sump "plate," all held together with tie rods. Also, piston valves replace poppetvalves and allow for a side valve arrangement that increases theefficiency of the engine, reducesnoise, extends overall life and reduces engine height compared to overhead valve engines.
Peter Witehira, Power Beat Intl. Ltd., Airport Rd., Mystery Creek, RD 2, Hamilton, New Zealand; +64 7843 0011, FAX: +64 7843 0061.