On the topic of the O powered car:
2 this is the first I’ve heard of a local patent. The problem with oxygen is that it’s actually quite a heavy gas, even heavier than petrol when in the same state. Then you have to consider the energy needed to cool the gas down to shrink it enough or separate it from atmospheric nitrogen (the air we breath is only about 21 per cent oxygen).
You can get a performance boost from a richer in oxygen mix, or by adding nitrous- oxide into the combustion. N O liquifies under
2 pressure quite easily, but I don’t see it being a viable primary fuel source.
The world has engineered itself to be dependant on fossil fuels, but there are a couple of hydrogen prototypes lurking in back garages across SA. If only Toyota didn’t monopolise those patents, who knows what could emerge. Enjoy your prize.- Editor