MCE-5 VCRi: Pushing back the fuel consumption reduction limits

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MCE‑5 VCRi: Creating new technical and commercial opportunities

The world of innovation is a strange one: creative thinkers who claim to have invented an engine that runs on water may be wrongly considered as visionaries, while visionaries who have clearly analyzed a situation and are proposing realistic solutions may unjustly be taken for madmen. The first reaction to innovation is generally suspicion and, unfortunately, this suspicion is well founded. Indeed, the probability of an innovation described on paper actually getting over the hurdle of industrialization is extremely low, and yet, all of the innovations that will change the world in the future will go through the stage of being described on paper. For this reason, it is necessary to use scientific analysis, experimentation and strategic studies to judge their relevance.

Innovation changes the world through concepts
that are simple in their general definition

The MCE‑5 VCRi will give a new impetus to
engine design and will stimulate new
interest from end customers

We need innovation to improve the world in which we live. Franck Whittle invented the jet engine in 1930 when everyone considered that a plane had to be propelled with propellers driven by a piston engine. Franck Whittle met up with incredible resistance and yet, today, all long-haul aircraft are equipped with his invention, allowing millions of people to travel throughout the world at high speeds. Today, when MCE‑5 VCRi is adding a wheel and two racks to a conventional piston engine connecting rod assembly, it is proposing the modification of a system that has not changed since the origins of automobiles. This approach clashes with mindsets, because although we are used to seeing a gear system in a gearbox, we are not used to finding them in an engine’s crankcase. Yet, this innovation provides all of the vital advantages that will profoundly modify the possibilities of reciprocating IC engines. The advantages are not hypothetical ones – they are factual, duly measured on a test bench and represent real progress.

It has always been more difficult to commit to innovation than to justify maintaining the status quo: it is more comfortable to do nothing than to act. In the automotive industry, the investments that need to be approved, and the questioning of methods and processes can put a brake on a certain type of innovation. And yet, the automotive industry is constantly innovating, making significant progress from one generation of cars to the next. MCE‑5 VCRi is in line with this type of progress, but it provides an important technological leap forward, which in a single stage overcomes obstacles that would normally take several decades to surmount.

The newness of MCE‑5 VCRi technology and the newness of its results open up a whole new sphere of opportunities thanks to an intelligent variable compression ratio.

This new function should quickly be exploited by the automotive industry that will draw better results from MCE‑5 VCRi than its current ones, which are already quite exceptional. Thanks to its innovation and to the expanding of IC engine management possibilities, MCE‑5 VCRi will give a new impetus to engine design and will stimulate new interest from end customers.