For millions in the developed world, it is inconceivable to not own one. On the other hand, the great dream of rising middle classes in the developing world is to afford one.
The automobile provides something that no other form of transportation can: the freedom to independently travel anywhere, anytime – right from your front door.
As with so many other things, Moore’s Law has made the technology far better.
We use computer-aided design for new engines and computer simulations to model and tweak prototypes before building them. Modern automobiles themselves are peppered with electronic sensors tied to computers that manage everything from reducing exhaust emissions to timing the sparks that ignite the fuel. As a result, our automobiles run far better, far longer, and far more efficiently for a given level of power than they did a few decades ago.
Believe it or not, most of the gas you put in your car is not moving it; it is wasted as heat.
With rising fuel prices, the pressure is on to come up with new designs. Innovators are making radical departures from the current paradigm which has not changed much since the Model T Ford first rolled off the assembly line.
One new engine design splits the four stroke duties between two different cylinders. The result is an engine with far lower emissions and more power for its size.
Another new design has two opposed pistons in the same cylinder instead of having one piston in a cylinder. It is a two-cylinder, four-piston design. This has a lot of advantages as the pistons only have to travel half the distance they would in a conventional engine so the engine can run twice as fast.
Furthermore, the design features advanced electronic controls. It has an electronically controlled turbocharger that can be engaged before the engine starts, as well as an electronically controlled clutch in the engine itself. This clutch allows only one cylinder to operate while the automobile idles, which saves a lot of fuel. Plus, it can run on gasoline, diesel, or ethanol and is far more efficient than a conventional engine.
Bill Gates has recently invested $23 M into this company to develop a 100 mpg car and the U.S. military has sponsored the design as a power plan for unmanned aerial vehicles.
We have wrung all the easy improvements out of conventional engine designs. Due to inherent shortcomings, all we will be able to manage are marginal gains. These radical designs however have the potential to enable quantum leaps.
I trust this post has provided some background and evidence that even though the internal-combustion engine has been providing us with automotive power for over a hundred years, the radical designs revealed in this post have the potential to enable large improvements in performance and efficiency. The combustion engine will be with us for decades to come and will create very profitable investment opportunities.
I favor a quote from Steve Forbes. Forbes says that pursuing additional financial education and the resulting increase in our financial literacy (including the investment potential in the new internal-combustion engine designs) will open our eyes to alternative wealth creating strategies and this will be the key to resolving our global financial crisis.
To gain the necessary financial education, it is best to obtain association with, access to, and membership in a wealth creation community. As a result, you will learn and have the knowledge to use alternative wealth creating strategies such as Bank on Yourself, debt reduction, and asset protection. You will be exposed to wealth acceleration investments in areas (discussed in this and previous blog posts) such as new internal-combustion engine designs, the shale gas revolution, surfing the mobile wave, the space gun technology boom, the wireless data boom, the smart power grid, nanotech being applied to biotech, biotech and nanotech converging with the semiconductor industry, electric cars, new access to space, 3D virtual technology, atomically precise manufacturing, nuclear power generation, commercial space ventures, Carrier Ethernet technologies, nanotech lithography, robotics, nano-based next-generation battery technology, precious metals, water rights, oil, natural gas, potash mines, food commodities, and gold mines. You will have the knowledge to consider investments in assets that are inherently useful like oil rigs, hydropower, or methanol plants; things that are hard to build, difficult to replace, and costly to substitute; definitely not financial stocks, definitely not retail stocks, definitely not commercial property.
Another benefit of membership in a wealth creation community is exposure to entrepreneurial leadership and business opportunities. Many of these leaders suggest that if you don’t focus on being a digital entrepreneur, being self-employed, or being a small business owner, it will be a very tough road in the months and years ahead; actually it will be an uphill battle. As a result, the innovative wealth creation communities provide education and training on B2B, and B2C, eCommerce enabling a new breed of professionals that are creating six figure second incomes.
It is wise to monitor breakthrough technology as there are truly exciting developments underway in the internal-combustion engine industry and related business activities. I will continue to monitor developments and provide updates in future articles and at my blog.
Finally, I want to thank Ray Blanco of Technology Profits, published by Agora Financial, as he was the source of some of the materials about the technology advancements mentioned in this post.
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