Ford may replace spark plugs with lasers

Ford may replace spark plugs with lasers

Laser beam

There is an exciting new technology afoot that may make vehicle starting issues or misfiring a thing of the past. The engineers at Ford have reportedly partnered up with scientists at Liverpool University to develop a laser beam ignition system to one day make spark plugs obsolete. The researchers claim the laser tech would prove more efficient, more reliable, and will enable vehicles to start easier in freezing temperatures and damp climates.

Unlike traditional spark plugs (an invention over 150 years old), laser light can be easily split into many separate beams creating multiple ignition points within the cylinders rather than just at the tip of the plug. This would help combustion and also lowers emissions during cold starts. The lasers also use much less energy than their spark plug ancestors, eliminate replacement items and wires (fiber optics will transfer the laser beam to the cylinders), and are able to oversee ignition from within the combustion chamber and send messages back to the ECU to make adjustments to the fuel mixtures, timing, and ignition.

If development is successful Ford is expected to introduce the technology in its top models within the next few years, before making it more widely available.

Laser beam

There is an exciting new technology afoot that may make vehicle starting issues or misfiring a thing of the past. The engineers at Ford have reportedly partnered up with scientists at Liverpool University to develop a laser beam ignition system to one day make spark plugs obsolete. The researchers claim the laser tech would prove more efficient, more reliable, and will enable vehicles to start easier in freezing temperatures and damp climates.

Unlike traditional spark plugs (an invention over 150 years old), laser light can be easily split into many separate beams creating multiple ignition points within the cylinders rather than just at the tip of the plug. This would help combustion and also lowers emissions during cold starts. The lasers also use much less energy than their spark plug ancestors, eliminate replacement items and wires (fiber optics will transfer the laser beam to the cylinders), and are able to oversee ignition from within the combustion chamber and send messages back to the ECU to make adjustments to the fuel mixtures, timing, and ignition.

If development is successful Ford is expected to introduce the technology in its top models within the next few years, before making it more widely available.

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