American engine specialists EPI Inc has released details of a new clean sheet design engine it is developing for an unnamed client – believed to be Vashon Aircraft.
The engine is described as a modern, air-cooled four-cylinder aircraft engine that produces 126hp, weighs 186 lb (84kg) and is a direct replacement for a Continental O-200 engine, costing less than half the price.
EPI has released a video of the engine’s first start with John Torode, founder of Vashon Aircraft and Dynon Avionics, clearly seen (wearing brown jumper).
Torode promotes the Vashon Ranger light sport aircraft as an ‘all-American’ product and is known to be keen to have a more modern power unit than the existing 100hp O-200.
VIDEO : FIRST RUN OF ENGINE
The new engine has been designed and built by EPI Inc for a ‘client company’ that owns all materials and production and intellectual property rights. FLYER has contacted Vashon Aircraft for a comment.
EPI says, “The engine is a 200 cubic inch, horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine which is a bolt-in replacement for the O-200 (although a different motor mount will be required to clear the accessories on the back of the engine).
“It (as of current dynamometer testing) produces 126hp at 2700rpm, corrected to accepted sea-level, standard conditions (59°F ambient temperature and 29.92 in-hg ambient pressure).
“The prototype engines weigh 191 pounds but there is a weight-loss programme underway which looks as if it will reduce the weight by an additional 5 pounds with no effect on reliability or power output.”
Features of the new engine include:
- Monolithic aluminum cylinders
- Eight cylinder hold-down studs
- Electronic ignition coil packs
- High strength-and-stiffness crankcase cast from a premium heat-treated alloy
- Optimised multi-gallery lubrication system with full-flow spin-on filter, oil cooler ports, and integrated oil thermostat
- Custom-designed high-strength, high-stiffness crankshaft that has an integrated 4-inch propeller extension, allowing better cowling aerodynamics
- High-strength H-beam connecting rods
- Pistons forged from a high-strength aluminum alloy (developed by Rolls-Royce for aircraft engines)
- Electronically-controlled fuel injection and ignition, with optimised maps.