Last March at the Geneva Motor Show, Lotus announced its new Omnivore research engine. The Omnivore is a two-stroke direct injected engine designed to take advantage of the latest in electronic engine management to allow it to run on just about any liquid fuel (hence the name). In the time since the initial announcement, the boffins at Lotus Engineering have been exercising their creation on the dyno stand to evaluate the performance.
Lotus Engineering has just announced the next step in its efforts to develop greener automotive technology. The British engineering consultancy will be creating a new research engine that will be aimed at helping to optimize engine designs for new generation bio-alcohol fuels. The OMNIVORE (as in eats everything) will be a single cylinder research engine used to test combustion with a variety of fuels. The project is being sponsored by the Department of Environment in the UK and Northern Irel