Lotus Engineering is currently developing an engine concept called the OMNIVORE together with the Queen’s University Belfast and Jaguar Cars Ltd. The OMNIVORE research engine features a variable compression ratio, direct injection and a two-stroke operating cycle. It will run on a mix of petrol and alcohol.
Group Lotus plc CEO Mike Kimberly says alcohols possess superior combustion characteristics to gasoline, and taking full advantage of the benefits of bio alcohols will ensure a larger amount of fuel burned will comprise of renewable fuels.
More details will likely come later when an actual working concept is ready.