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We've already alerted you to the existence of Ronn Motor Company's new supercar, the Scorpion. Aside from its exotic looks, the Scorpion makes headlines for its innovative engine: a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5L VTEC V6 from Acura that's augmented by a hydrogen fuel injection fuel system. Ronn developed a system that's somehow able to fracture water molecules from a small onboard water tank and then insert the resulting hydrogen into the air intake manifold where it's blended with the car's gasoline at a ratio of 30-40%. We suspect black magic is involved, but they claim science. Since adding hydrogen means less gas is used, Ronn claims the Scorpion can achieve 40 mpg. Plus, there's no need to fill up at a hydrogen refueling station since the car makes it own on board. These bold claims will see the light of day in early November when the Scorpion makes its first public appearance at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. We'll be on hand to ask questions and hopefully smash some water molecules ourselves.


[Source: SEMA]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      A guy at my work built a hydrogen "booster" and runs it on his Altima. Basically, you use an electric charge to separate the hydrogen and oxygen atoms in a water tank. He has a 110v plug that goes to an amp that powers the capacitors that supply the charge to the water.

      My coworker said it seemed like he was getting a decent increase in mileage, even though the output on his machine doesn't seem that great. He is able to keep a flame lit by igniting the gases coming out of the end of his hose which proves that it's working.

      I am interested to see what kind of water tank and capacitor setup this car uses, it could be pretty interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This hydrogen technology has been available for quite some time. Google "hydroxy booster", "hydrogen booster", "brown's gas". There are companies that make kits that you can install on any car. There are also websites and yahoo forums that show you how to build your own kit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do some research and you can decide. Check out the forums and read about the people that actually built and tested their own hydrogen booster. Also check out the youtube.com videos.
        • 6 Years Ago
        There are also companies that make "electric superchargers." Doesn't mean they work...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't more hybrids look like this instead of that teardrop/poop shape?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Something is amiss in the description of the fuel system.....I don't buy it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To make enough hydrogen to generate any power, it will take plenty of electricity. How much power is wasted doing that? Chemists, please!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It uses power that is already created by the alternator, and it is possible to introduce other sources of energy (sunlight) to increase output four-fold. when you pressurize the system, other interesting things happen. Forget fusion power, this is the future.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shenanigans
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure they've already been asked the hard questions, and have some snake oil canned answers to throw back at you.

        I would take a more avant garde approach, and carry a turd up to them on your hand. Tell them it's biomass that you're going to use to power a pollution-free perpetual motion machine. Then smear it on their faces.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, at least the people who keep trying to sell it to suckers looking to save a buck should.

        I'll be at SEMA... I'm going to have to find these guys and ask the hard questions. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        http://www.fuelsaving.info/hydrogen.htm

        PT Barnum is doing more cartwheels in his grave now than all the underage Chinese gymnasts combined. Any idiot that buys into the "hydrogen generator" scam deserves to get cancer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jaded AB reader sez:
      Dis sux! -Looks like a X nose with a Y butt, designed by Z while on [controlled substance].
      • 6 Years Ago
      next thing you'll see is them asking for "investors" (read: marks) and then never hearing from them again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      H(2) + O H2O + Energy

      You can 'burn' hydrogen, which is to say combine it with oxygen, to release energy. This reaction is reversable, which is to say you can use energy to seperate water into hydrogen and oxygen. The laws of physics say you're going to get less energy out the the combining than you put in to seperate, and it doesn't matter what sorts of catylists, pressures, or whatever sort of hocus pocus you throw in -- they can make the process more efficient, but the lows of thermodynamics says nothing you can do justifies carrying a tank of water around as 'fuel'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      for a car that mostly focuses on the mechanical advancements to the drivetrain, that thing is absolutely stunning.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ive seen this guys work before. this guy never designs anything different. Always the same overly smooth generic design. He has 3 or 4 very similar concepts to this one and showed them on various boards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All you who claim that onboard hydroxy production doesn't work: Can you please report your data from your test results? I'll be willing to show you mine when I install my hydrogen booster!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anecdotal evidence based on real world testing is irrelevant and, in fact, transcends uselessness to push into misleading.

        You cannot accurately assess the effects of a system like this by putting one on your car and then driving it around in the real world because of the number of variables involved in such a scenario. While you can take steps to eliminate those variables, you cannot control them all. The only correct way to test a system like this is in a controlled (read: laboratory) environment. These systems have been tested time and time again in controlled conditions and have, without reservation or exception, fallen flat on their face to the best of my knowledge.
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