1978-02-01

A Comparative Analysis of the Thermal Efficiency of 1977 and 1978 Model Year Vehicles Under Chassis Dynamometer Conditions 780936

Comparison of vehicle thermal efficiency and engine load factor for 1977 and 1978 model year certification vehicles shows low correlation. At any load factor, the spread in thermal efficiencies was on the order of 2 to 1.These facts suggest that, with existing technologies, vehicle manufacturers can realize a significant improvement in fuel economy through better matching of engines (specific fuel consumption), transmissions and final drive ratios to vehicle power requirements.

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