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11 08 2017 02

A “holy grail” breakthrough in fuel efficiency means internal combustion engines will not be redundant for several decades, experts have said.

This week, Mazda claimed their new engine is up to 30% more fuel efficient compared to previous models after engineers achieved a long-held goal. The “SKYACTIV-X” uses compression ignition, where fuel and air combust under pressure from a piston rather than sparks from a plug.

It is the first time the technique has successfully been used in a commercial engine. It will work alongside traditional spark ignition using a “lean” mix of petrol and air, reportedly making the engine 20-30% more efficient than Mazda’s previous model and 35-45% over a 2008 equivalent.

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