labasta, I agree that if there is no money in something the companies that can make it happen won't be interested, and if it threatens their income
stream they might restort to all kinds of dirty tactics. I have heard the stories about people who have developed 60+mpg carbs, or kits to retro fit a
combustion engine to run on water and the inventors disappeared. Just think if you developed some system that allowed an electric car to run for a
year without a charge and what the oil companies would be willing to do to prevent it from coming to market.
thanks for posting the info on Robert Krupa and his firestorm spark plug as I had never heard of it, and I am really into cars!
I was reading this link
and found it fascinating that Krupa is soley responsible for
bringing the Splitfire plug to the market
The article mentions how Boasch conducted extensive tests over an 8 week period and basically determined that the plugs had 0 percent gap growth
meaning they would never wear out! It also says that Krupa's patents are so extensive that nobody would be able to make knockoff's. It says that
Krupa's company CDI is building its own sparg plug manufacturering plant to make them and is sekking investors and venture capital.
If his patents are so extensive he will be the only one with the technology I don't see why some disgustingly rich entretrpenuer that is not
connected to the auto or spark plug industry like a Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Cuban or even the Google guys wouldnt fund him?
From reading about the firestorm it sounds like it utilizes a plasma arc which Krupa claims allows for a much leaner air/fuel ratio without causing
damage to the engine which how it improves fuel mileage.
Now this is the part from that link I posted above that makes no sense to me:
"Performance and Testing
When I asked Krupa if there were any other advantages to using FireStorm spark plugs, he explained: "If there is a vehicle that requires premium fuel
and they install FireStorm plugs and perform the modifications I suggest...they could run regular fuel in the engine and it won't detonate, hesitate,
ping or misfire. The only reason you need higher octane fuel is for higher compression engines. And if an engine is pulling a heavy load, it has a
tendency to go into detonation with a regular spark plug."
So he is claiming that the firestorm can prevent detonation
I don't see how a sparg flug could prevent detonation as it's caused by high
combustion chamber temps from air being compressed at high ratios which causes the fuel to ignite prematurely before the piston is at TDC and the plug
fires. Higher octane fuel prevents detonation because it's harder to burn and can thus survive higher temps before being ignited. I know high
performance turbo car and even the diesel guys use various forms of water, alcahol, propane and methanol injection to cool the combustion chamber
which prevents detonation and ultimately allows them to run higher turbo boost and cram more fuel in thus making more power. So how can a spark plug
I was on robertstanley.biz and found this really cool animated gif of a firestorm vs a regular plug in action!
The Firestorm is on the left, and the regular plug on the right
[edit on 4-11-2005 by warpboost]