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When the now-retired General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz joined us on the Autoblog podcast, he told us that he was looking to get on some company boards. Not even a month into retirement, Maximum Bob has added yet another notch to his belt, accepting a position at fuel injection supplier Transonic Combustion. The company, which has offices in Camarillo, CA and Bloomfield Township, MI, is working on more efficient fuel injection systems.

Lutz hasn't yet made any public comments about his new board role outside of a prepared statement that reminds us that "for the foreseeable future the internal-combustion engine will remain the dominant propulsion system for automobiles, and there is still a lot of room to improve its efficiency." Beyond his board job with Transonic Combustion, Lutz is working on a book that we're desperately interested to get our hands on.

[Source: Detroit Free Press | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "for the foreseeable future the internal-combustion engine will remain the dominant propulsion system for automobiles, and there is still a lot of room to improve its efficiency."
      That depends on on preserving the status quo (something close to impossible). I have to ask myself:
      What if the ultracapacitor becomes a usable affordable reality?
      What if there is actually a "peak oil" shortage, come on, who are we kidding, there is an oil glut.
      What if ICE technologies continue advancing at the rate they have been the last couple of years?
      Taxes?
      The cost of batteries goes into free fall?
      The easiest way to make a fool of yourself is to start trying to predict the future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great balloon caption. Just call him Maximum Bucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After a couple weeks of hanging out around the house Bob probably got bored. Ahh well, good luck Bob!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Big Ed: "What's an injector?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good to see Lutz still in the car business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And this is a really interesting technology. It has huge potential, if they can make it work in the real world.

      Having Maximum Bob on board should be a huge spur for the technology.

      Excellent!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How many of you actually believed that Lutz was gonna retire and drive off into the sunset in his yellow Corvette convertible? This guy will die working, and love every second of it. Here's to more years of Maximum Bob to come, in a slightly unorthodox way.