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That's just...awesome. I await retrofit kits.

In a breakthrough that may make vehicle starting issues due to fouled plugs or inclement weather a thing of the past, engineers at Ford have reportedly teamed with scientists at Liverpool University to develop a laser beam ignition system to replace ye olde spark plug. The researchers claim their technology is more efficient, more reliable, and it will enable vehicles to start easier in extreme temperatures and damp climates.

Unlike traditional spark plugs (invented way back in 1839 by Edmond Berger), laser light may be split into multiple beams distributing ignition points within the cylinders - not just at the tip of the plug. This not only aids combustion, it also lowers emissions during cold starts. Researchers also point out that the lasers use less energy than their spark plug counterparts, eliminate wear items and wires (fiber optics will carry the laser beam to the cylinders), and improve fuel burn by "watching" ignition from within the combustion chamber and sending messages back to the ECU to adjust fuel mixtures, timing, and ignition.

Ford is expected to introduce the technology in its top models within the next few years, and then make it more widely available.
 

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A beam of light. Who would have thunk it?
 

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You know how this happened...

A couple a engineers hanging out after work drinking and playing around with laser's trying to blow stuff up. :lol:

Cool stuff.
 

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Thank's for the link Squishy.

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Will have a chat, with my service tech about that.

He takes a keen interest in all the new tchnology. :)

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Hmmm skeptic here. Good idea for sure but alot of things to consider. With spark plugs electricity will "spark" across from one "electrode" to the other center "electrode" even if there is residue coated on the electrodes. With the "laser" idea. Well without any detailed info. I would think of it like a LED or flat glass portion of a falshlight, eventually and alot lot sooner that later. Residue from the explosion of fuel would cover the point of exit or focal point. Then the light would not be emmitted, like mud on your windshield or on your headlights............ two cents complete
 

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Specs include a little brush, activated by a cam lobe, that would wipe the laser window clean with every stroke.

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