The ICE is inefficient, how can we combat that?
We know that they can be CLEANER than EVs, but how can we make them more efficient?
An ICE car, when powered by Synthetic fuels has potential to be fully carbon neutral, and prices are becoming more viable. We all know that by now. However, there is an issue with the ICE that can't be combatted by the fuel source. That is its inneficiency. Over 3/4 of all energy produced by an ICE is wasted. And a load of that is heat. This actually means they contribute to global warming as much as a BEV. A BEV uses nearly all the energy it produces.
This is a serious issue. You can't go around wasting that much energy. There are two ways we can counter this: one, change the way an ICE functions or two, put that energy to use. As a petrolhead, I wouldn't want to change the ICE as far as is possible, so I am thinking of solutions for the second option.
Obviously, I have been thinking about what in an ICE car could do with a bit more energy or heat. I came up with an idea that heat could be transferred to the brakes. This might sound bad but hear me out. Due to convection currents, heat would circulate around the brakes at an even pace meaning the brakes would always be at a neutral temperature. This would be an improvement in terms of safety and maybe for track cars would improve lap times.
I've had about a bajillion other ideas of similar principles that I can't be bothered to write down. Therefore I set you this challenge: find out a way of using the excess energy in an ICE car. The best idea wins the "mind blown" thingy that I will buy you with my own tribecoins. You are only allowed 1 post but you can put as many ideas as you want in that comment. The deadline is on the 4 March 2021. I know, sounds cool right. So put your solution in the comments!