MoD awards contract for advanced engine concept

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed its order for the next stage of development of a 'revolutionary' diesel engine intended for use by the Royal Navy.

The Cox Powertrain engine concept is based on a supercharged, two-stroke diesel opposed piston architecture with Scotch Yoke crankshaft and a central injector position. The engine topology promises a power to weight ratio comparable with high performance gasoline engines, whilst delivering diesel fuel consumption and a package volume around half that of a state of the art diesel engine. Cox Powertrain's executive chairman Charles Good said: "We believe the Cox opposed piston engine has game changing potential for military and civil applications. "We're extremely pleased to have the support of the MoD on this project."