• May 24th 2010 at 4:33PM
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We all knew that when Bob Lutz finally stepped away from General Motors he wasn't ging to fade away into the sunset. Just days after his going away party at the Renaissance Center, Transonic Combustion Inc, has added Lutz to its board of directors.
While Lutz helped shepherd the Chevrolet Volt from concept to production in his final years at GM, he is well aware of the fact that internal combustion engines will remain the dominant powertrain technology for years to come. With that in mind, any technologies that can provide a cost effective way to make engines more efficient and cleaner running have an opportunity to succeed in the market place.

Transonic is developing a fuel injection and control system that can operate seamlessly with a wide variety of fuels. The system can also operate at extremely lean air/fuel ratios without producing excessive amounts of NOx emissions. Stay tuned for more on Transonic Combustion.

[Source: Transonic Combustion Inc.]


Robert Lutz to Join Transonic Combustion's Board of Directors

Camarillo, Calif. and Bloomfield Twp., Mich., May 24, 2010 – Transonic Combustion, Inc. announced today that automotive product development revolutionary Robert Lutz has joined the company's board of directors. Lutz brings to Transonic's leadership team a legendary career in the global automotive industry, including senior leadership positions at four of the world's leading automakers.

"For the foreseeable future, the internal combustion engine will remain the dominant propulsion system for automobiles," Lutz said, "and there is still a lot of room to improve its efficiency. Customers and manufacturers want better fuel economy, lower emissions and a great vehicle experience all at an attractive price. Transonic's new supercritical fuel injection technology can greatly improve engine efficiency and potentially become the new industry standard."

"Bob brings to Transonic's board of directors a lifetime of automotive experience and a passion for personal transportation," said Brian Ahlborn, president and CEO, Transonic Combustion. "He joins our board at just the right time, as our technology development and customer traction are progressing rapidly. As our mission is to bring significantly improved efficiency to internal combustion engines, Bob will clearly insist that this is done with the same excellence that has characterized his career."

Lutz recently retired from nine years as vice chairman of General Motors Corp., where he revolutionized the company's product development efforts. He held the post of CEO of Exide Corp. from 1998 to 2001, before returning to GM. Previously with Chrysler Corp. for 12 years, Lutz held the posts of vice chairman, president, chief operation officer and executive vice president. Previously, he served for 12 years with Ford Motor Co., three years with BMW and eight years with GM.

Lutz currently serves as chairman of The New Common School Foundation, is a member of the board of trustees for the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation and vice chairman of the board of trustees for the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, an honorary doctorate of management degree from Kettering University and an honorary doctorate of law degree from Boston University. In 2006, the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation named him the recipient of its 2006 Manufacturing Leadership Award.

Transonic Combustion is on course to directly supply global automotive manufacturers with its high efficiency fuel injection systems. Transonic's TSCi™ fuel injection system has demonstrated extraordinary fuel economy and lower emissions while running gasoline effectively within modern diesel architecture engines, with the long-term promise of running zero-net bio renewable fuels.

About Transonic Combustion

Founded in 2006, Transonic Combustion's TSCiTM fuel injection systems provide global automotive manufacturers with high efficiency fuel delivery technology for their modern engine platforms. The company is backed by Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon, and Saints Capital. Transonic operates from Camarillo, Calif. and Detroit across four facilities totaling more than 70,000 square feet. For more information, visit tscombustion.com.

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      non issue. neither is going to matter
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        how would I come off as a expert? a tv presenter announcing me as a expert?
        think a little. maybe look for errors in others than me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Non issue? Using gorr's description below, this plays right into your thesis of a light range extender, does it not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        thank you, I was aiming for that :)
        not to belittle as such but in the hope that it will goad a few dormant minds into action in spite. I am experimenting with various ways to reach the dead. some of it is working it seems, although noone really learn the general lesson that they were thoughtless and now think. they just seem to update their world view a little bit into something a bit more workable but not aware they have changed nor willing to admit it.
        so I experiment with a rather pronounced confidence and to the extent I can pull it off by only going with things I really know something about I think it does resonate with some, even those who vehemently oppose me as if I had tread onto the bridge under which they live.
        if you have actual experience being effective in reaching people with the truth in another way then I'm open to suggestions
        • 5 Years Ago
        well I sometimes simplify the message to not overtax your minds, it could in principle indeed play a role in a high efficiency range extender but with the caveat that there is not a lot of actual hard data floating around about their claim so what they have might well be matched but what car makers have in R&D already, ergo wont matter. I would like to see them compare a design of theirs to for instance the atkinson engine in the prius at 35% efficiency. that would be an obvious engine to modify and outperform but have they done that? no they wasted money hiring Lutz the putz instead. like hiring Bush for a truth and antiwar campaign.
        my rocker piston/revolving valve design would likely be far more beneficial.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would recommend not being so patronising. Your comments are filled with disdain for anyone who doesn't share your views.

        What's worse is that you don't come off as an expert in any particular subject (perhaps you have some technical background that I am not aware of), and you just slam any research that you think is not important.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "well I sometimes simplify the message to not overtax your minds"

        And the award for most condescending post goes to. . .
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      2016 MPG Today . Corvette Magazine has my 08 Corvette in the March issue. I can tune any Ford, Chevy or Chrysler gas v8 to get an extra 6 mpg and an extra 100 to 150+ hp. This will allow us to keep our bigger safer cars , trucks and suv's and buy in the USA . All good things start out with good ideas . It does have to be shared with everybody who cares . If more people created solutions that work we could all profit instead of crying about spilt milk. I can add 6mpg hwy & 10mpg intown with an extra 150hp to V8 gas Ford, Chevy & Chrysler vehicles with factory warranty continuance. Large Family Highway Hybrids with Towing capability. GenesVettes.com. Reduce gas consumption from 30% to 50%.I have 3 test vehicles that I give test drives by appointment.2007 Corvette 34mpg hwy-43mpg around town 750hp-2008 Corvette 32mpg hwy 40 around town 775hp-2009 Silverado 28mpg hwy-32 around town -18mpg towing 6,000 lbs -500hp-550tq. Who will tell the public about a solution that works & will save 30 to 50 % gas consumption . That will also support our auto industry so we can have safer vehicles made here in the US. This is something that can be done now that will add green to many of those vehicles that are underpowered and that waist gas.Gene
      • 5 Years Ago
      If any of you remember.. this is the company that is working on supercritical fuel injection, which looks very promising. With Lutz and Bosch on board.. it's starting to look really legitimate.

      I know the ICE is not popular on here, and it seems as if it's on life support these days, but there are still plenty of applications for the ICE. Biofuel compatible 75mpg range extender, anyone?

      I, for one, am excited to see what they have in store.
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      Apply this on a small inboard any-fuels electrical generator. I said a small one, not a huge one like the volt, LoL. The generator just give the average electrical consumption, not instant electricity to carry the heavy car( volt) plus the heavy battery.
      It's easier to implement lean burning on a ice engine working at steady speed on a generator then an ice moving a heavy car at low speed at heavy torque givin only instant torque. The pistons and crankshaft can be half the sive and weight because of the easier work.
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        Slap it in Dan Frederiksen's ultra-light fiberglass car and let us know how you get on!
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      No Doubt, it'll be the range extender under your hood/trunk.
      Riddle me this... why do we allow cars designed for highway speeds to race through people filled city streets? Why not require highway cars to stay outside of towns, cities, the burbs, etc.? Then have a small electric for around town? I know, everybody would need to have two cars. Too bad so many of our highly populated cities were designed to be accessed only by highway cars, we have so far to go here in the US.
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