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Old 05-16-2009, 07:27 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Hi Ernie,

If our current inflated tires are (at least?) half of the suspension, and if the tires/wheels are made to be very low RR, then that means even more power is available from the suspension?

Also, if you build a serial hybrid, then the requirements for electrical power is reduced, and the whole thing is made to generate power, so an alternator is moot.

Have you guys seen the cam driven engine concept? This allows the engine to have it's torque maximized -- with a crankshaft and connecting rods, you are locked into the sinusoidal motion, which is poorly matched to the timing of peak power being produced in the combustion chamber.

The other huge advantage of a serial hybrid is that you can run the engine at a set RPM at it's peak efficiency, and there is no clutch or transmission losses.
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