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Old 12-27-2010, 08:16 PM   #1
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hello again
i have a book called "how too make more horsepower" by david vizard and in it said that less lift helps fuel atomization (thus better fe), is this true?

and while i was looking at animations of how the prius' atkinson cycle works and i was wondering instead of leaving the valve open still in the compression stage, why not close it before it gets to bottom dead center, so there is less resistance in compression thus theoretically more fe
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:04 PM   #2
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Closing the intake cam late is good for maximizing high rpm power as well as low rpm Atkinson type efficiency. Closing a cam before bdc will kill power everywhere.
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Closing the intake cam late is good for maximizing high rpm power as well as low rpm Atkinson type efficiency. Closing a cam before bdc will kill power everywhere.
and the reason for that is because then the engine is effectively working against itself to suck in air just so that it can burn less fuel.
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Thats also the reason cars with variable cam advance retard the intake cams at cruise (reduced pumping losses).
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