Announcing the Infinity VC-Turbo Engine


Think about it, as ZAP Batteries Caribbean already knows, just about all the improvements made to the internal combustion engine in the last 100 years have observingly been bolt-on items that left the pistons, crankshaft and the rods unchanged.

Yes, the camshaft moved in some engines from below the cylinder head to above it. But regardless of the location, the cam is still looking the same and does the same thing, namely, it opens the valves.The carburetor has given way to fuel injection and electronic ignitions have replaced the points and condenser. Meaningfully, nearly all the components and systems that make the internal combustion engine run have seen massive improvements that also have improved the engine’s efficiency. If you look closely at the crankshaft and rods from an engine made a century ago and compare them to today’s parts, you will notice that not much has changed.

ZAP Batteries Caribbean will have you know that a major reworking of the basic operating principles of the piston-driven internal combustion engine has been achieved. The Infiniti VC-Turbo is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. Its engineering layout is quite amazing, given that an elliptic device attached to the crankshaft where the rods go apparently changes the distance the pistons travel in the cylinder by as much as 6 mm, or about a quarter of an inch. This results in a V-6-like performance with a 4-cylinder diesel-like fuel economy. There appears to be a lot more moving parts in the engine and about 22 pounds more weight than a regular four cylinder turbo. The NiSSAN engineers moved the crankshaft out from being immediately underneath the pistons’ bores and offset it about 15 degrees. In combination with multilink assembly, it eliminates the usual side forces that would act on the piston as it travels in the cylinder. Better said, the piston is thus pushed and pulled straight and up down in each cylinder. The experience that you would get with a VC-Turbo engine is a low-speed torque, no perceptible turbo lag and also an impressive acceleration all the way up to around 100 mph (160.93 km/h). All and all, the VC-Turbo has the potential to go down as one of the most loved ever made by NISSAN. In a lightweight car, the performance and fuel economy would probably set the standard world-wide.

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