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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 29th 2009
12— Orbital raise bar in fuel economy standard WAtechnology isagas for next year’s Falcon. Neil Dowling reports N EW gas technology will breath more power and less fuel consumption into a range of next year’s cars. Enhancements made to the European Vialle liquid-injection system by Orbital Autogas Systems are claimed to equal or better the equivalent petrol-fuelled Falcon engine performance. Orbital are about to enter the booming IMPROVEMENTS: Car manufacturers are striving to improve fuel economy in their models, from Ford’s Fairmont LPG car in 2007 (pictured) and now Perth company Orbital are testing a new dual-fuel LLi system on the FG Falcon XR6. aftermarket forLPGfuel systems withnew technology that results in more power and less fuel consumption. Perth-based Orbital, who’s LPG manufacturing and assembly operations in Sydney, is developing a range of aftermarket kits called Liquid LPG injection (LLi). It is in the final stages of testing the dual- fuel LLi system on a current-model XR6 with further kits for Holden, Mitsubishi and Toyota becoming available in the coming months. Orbital Autogas Systems managing director Tony Fitzgerald says the LLi system means performance will match a petrol car, yet running costs would be about half. ‘‘A six-cylinder petrol car has running costs of about 12.5c a kilometre. Current vapouriser LPG systems are about 7c and our liquid system is about 5c,’’ he says. ‘‘But the biggest difference is there is no change in performance between our LPG system and petrol. That has been one of the biggest barriers to getting people to use LPG.’’ Running costs are based on $1.19c/litre petrol and 55c/litre LPG, which equate to $13.21 per 100km travelled in the petrol model and $7.92/100km in theLPGversion. Orbital says the 40 per cent reduction in running costs also came with the benefit of a 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions. CTP INSURANCE PLUS FREE DEALER DELIVERY BRAND NEW SAVVY MANUAL 5 DOOR HATCH $ • SRS Dual Front Airbags • ABS with EBD • Power Steering • Air Conditioning • Cup Holders • Colour Coded Bumpers • Central Locking • Remote Keyless Entry • Alarm / Immobiliser • 4 Speaker CD Audio • Remote Fuel Filler Release $ 13990DRIVE , AWAY • 15” Alloy Wheels • Reverse Sensors • Floor Mats • Front Power Windows • Height Adjustable Drivers Seat • Vanity Mirror on Both Sunvisors • Front Seat Belt Pre-tensioners • Rear Wiper • 3 Years 24 hr roadside assistance • Fuel Consumption – 5.7 L/100km† BRAND NEW PERSONA MANUAL 4 DOOR SEDAN 16990 , • SRS Dual Front Airbags • ABS with EBD • Power Steering • Air Conditioning • Cup Holders – Front & Rear • Colour Coded Bumpers • Central Locking • Remote Keyless Entry • Alarm / Immobiliser • 4 Speaker CD/MP3 Audio • Remote Fuel Filler Release NEW SATRIA NEW GEN•2 DRIVE AWAY Non IAFM vehicles only • 15” Alloy Wheels • Reverse Sensors • Tilt Adjustable Steering Column • Front and Rear Power Windows • Height Adjustable Drivers Seat • Front Seat Belt Pre-tensioners • Front and Rear Disc Brakes • Steering Wheel Audio Control • 3 Years 24 hr roadside assistance • Fuel Consumption – 6.6 L/100km† SEE THE COMPLETE PROTON RANGE AT A DEALER NEAR YOU NEW JUMBUCK CAPITOL MOTORS453 Main Road Glenorchy - 6273 4433 www.proton.com.au - 1300 885 076 231.7g/km — an 11.3 per cent reduction,’’ Mr Fitzgerald says. test car, it produces 261.15 grams/km of CO2 Orbital Corporation last year bought out Boral’s alternative fuel division, which supplies Ford with its current Falcon E-Gas system. It has recently signed a contract exten- sion with Ford to 2015 using its new liquidinjection system. The OrbitalFGFalcon XR6 dual-fuel test bed can alternate between LPG and petrol, via a console switch, without the driver feeling any differences in engine characteristics. Even under hard acceleration, pressing the switch to introduce the liquid LPG is seamless and even better—there’s no drop off in the engine’s urgency. Orbital’s XR6 has a donut gas tank in the space normally occupied by the car’s spare wheel. Mr Fitzgerald admits that aftermarket tank positioning is sometimes less than ideal, though stresses a production model would have a better integrated tank system. The XR6 uses the same system that is also being trialled by HSV on a Clubsport fitted with an LS3 6.2-litre V8. This car still puts out HSV’s claimed 317kW and will still better a six-second dash to 100km/h from rest, which reflects the recent development of LPG systems. Orbital is chasing three target markets with its LLi system: Original Equipment Manufacturers (such as Ford); After OE (such as dealer-fit accessories); and Retrofit. ‘‘I think that new products such as next year’s liquid injection system for Ford, and even the possibility of an HSV gas sports sedan, will make a lot of difference to LPG in the public eye,’’ he says. ‘‘Also fleet operators are becoming more interested inLPGdue to reduced operating costs and lower CO2 benefits.’’ ‘‘In the case of the FG Falcon dual-fuel while running on LPG, which falls to Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 29, 2009
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