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      04-09-2020, 10:58 AM   #1
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Carbuzz: McLaren Has A Brilliant Solution To Save The Combustion Engine

Autocar has learned from McLaren Chief Operations Officer Jens Ludmann that the UK automaker is in the early stages of developing a synthetic fuel as a realistic alternative to battery electrics. In other words, combustion engines could remain and simply run on this "clean oil" instead.

"The technology around synthetic fuels is still being developed, but if you consider that it can be produced using solar energy, easily transported and then pumped [into cars] as we know today, there are potential benefits in terms of emissions and practicality that I'm keen to explore," Ludmann explained. "Today's engines would need only small modifications, and I would like to see this technology get some more airtime."
McLaren hasn't exactly been in a rush to launch an all-electric supercar or hypercar. Even the upcoming McLaren P1 successor won't be purely electric but will instead be an even more advanced plug-in hybrid. The successor to the McLaren 570S, aka the Sports Series, has also been rumored to utilize a hybrid setup. EV batteries are quite heavy and weight is, of course, the enemy of high-performance cars, hence McLaren's desire for alternative solutions.

Even if McLaren is successful in developing a synthetic fuel, there's no chance it'll outright replace EVs, a fact Ludmann admits. However, there's still "the potential to combine synthetic fuel with a hybrid system, which would make it cleaner still."
McLaren's synthetic fuel project appears to be in a relatively early development stage and no timetable was given as to when it could be ready to go. Still, using synthetic fuel to keep V6s, V8s and, perhaps, even V12s alive would be a brilliant solution.
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EV's are making progress at a faster rate than combustion engines. Even with the pneumatic valves / camless motors / synthetic fuel.
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The morale of this thread is undeniably clear: get the car with the most powerful internal combustion engine you can afford and contribute to Akrapovic quarterly revenue by adding an exhaust which meets your acoustic preferences.

Then enjoy it for a while without reading any EV relevant news.
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      04-09-2020, 01:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Humdizzle View Post
EV's are making progress at a faster rate than combustion engines. Even with the pneumatic valves / camless motors / synthetic fuel.
It's only a matter of time.

Within the decade I think there will be a year where most new vehicles sold will have some hybrid technology. Another 10 years after before ICE is used only for heavy-duty trucks and maybe sportscars.

The Air Force tested synthetic jet fuel a decade ago IIRC. Don't know how that experiment turned out.
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      04-09-2020, 01:32 PM   #5
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im not super clear about McLaren's point..
F1 already using like 4-5% of synthetic fuel and FIA ll increase the ratio progressively already.. i love McLaren but this is not their idea..
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