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Old 08-12-2008, 02:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
Bicycle Bob
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I'd sure like to see the reference for a Stirling or a Turbine that is more efficient than IC. They have trouble with Mr. Carnot's equation about peak temperature. Car diesels can get over 35%, and ship diesels hit 50%, same as the Napier Nomad. Electric and steam were both better for simple transmissions with good acceleration; ICE won on range and convenience. Stirlings and turbines are OK to use up waste heat from ICE, if there's enough to pay for them.
There is no excuse for a land vehicle to weigh more than its average payload.
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