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What Would Be the Outcome of an Alliance Between Eight Japanese Tycoons? A New Engine?

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We will most probably see a huge difference in fuel economy in the near future as the lead Japanese automakers have announced an alliance to share their research to cut short the costs of engine manufacturing


Before the end of the decade, we hopefully would see improved fuel efficiency from both types- the petrol engine and the diesel engine – climb up as much as 30 percent as all the major Japanese car manufacturers such as the Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Nissan, Suzuki, Subaru and Daihatsu formed an alliance to share their research.

A project worth of £11.86 million has been put together by the newly formed Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines (RAAICE), the cost will be divided 50-50 between the Japanese government and the eight manufacturers where that 50% will further be divided into eight equal shares.
The purpose of this huge alliance is to team up and share the research made on internal combustion engines so that the costs may cut down to the least level. Once a comprehensive research has been made, the result will show up in the production line but it is still unclear as when we will be able to reap the fruits of this much appreciated partnership.



The manufacturers have set their goal to make some quite remarkable improvements by the year 2020 but that’s just the smaller part of a larger picture as the 10-year road map aims at improving the thermal efficiency up to 50 percent of internal combustion engines, which currently lies at 39 percent for the petrol engine and 42 percent for the diesel engine.

The improvements will actually be targeted quite differently according to the type of the engine. As the Japanese manufacturers are dreadfully weak in diesel engines, they will be putting more focus on the reduction of NOX emissions and particulate matters, the petrol engines on the other hand will be treated for knock reduction by aiming for enhanced complete combustion cycles.


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