A new kind of hybrid design using WWI technology

By Gary L.

Well you may wonder how could World War I technology power a hybrid? Well by putting some of the power at the wheels using an advanced rotary engine design. Don't be confused by radial engines (wwii) and rotary engines (wwi). They look the same, but function differently. With a radial engine the pistons spin within a crankcase. With rotary engines the crankcase spins around the pistons.

Ford could use the aluminum vehicle wheels as the engine block with small pistons inserted, heads, valves, and other components including an ignition system built into the wheel before tires are put on. The spinning of the wheel while driving provides electrical energy to the ignition system and is self cooling. The fuel system would still be under the hood and a fuel/air mixture could be provided through the axle shaft by a flexible hose connected to the axle backing plate.  Exhaust can be expelled from the wheel directly or if used on the back can be sent through the axle to a tailpipe. Power is provided by the rotary engines at higher speed to eliminate the need for a transmission. Electrical motor power is used at low speeds. If necessary a two speed planetary gear on each wheel could be used. Also acceleration could be controlled by wire and pick-up coil transmitted or wirelessly. Remember the wheel has it's own simple power generating ability using the spinning of the wheel against the static axle.

Using advanced designs the gas engine can be eliminated from under the hood of the vehicle. Only the electric power plant and motor remain. The gas engines could be at two wheels using a rotary engine with a oil scavaging design and oil reservoir in each wheel. These rotary wheel engines are self air cooling or could be liquid cooled. There is no problems with powering a water pump if necessary, but I would doubt it would be needed.