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Radical New Engine Design to Undergo Evaluation at UCR Research Center

Radical New Engine Design to Undergo Evaluation at UCR Research Center

(July 21, 1999)

A revolutionary new internal combustion engine will be evaluated at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) this summer as part of the campus' program to investigate advanced technology created by private industry.

UCR Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach and officials of Advanced Engine Technologies, Inc., (OTC: AENG) of Albuquerque, N.M., announced the agreement today (Wednesday, July 21) at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Weighing just 120 pounds with three moving parts, the OX2 engine is said to produce the same torque as a V8 engine found in larger automobiles. Advanced Engine Technologies, Inc. owns patents for the motor and has undertaken prototype development toward e ventual commercialization.

The UCR College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) will be provided prototype engines with which to evaluate its power, torque, steady-state emissions and fuel usage. Initial studies by Advanced Engine Technologies indicate the OX2 is very low in emissions, can operate on a variety of fuels, and can be adapted for uses ranging from automotive, aircraft and watercraft propulsion to stationary electrical generation and water pumping.

Under an "honest broker" philosophy, CE-CERT has emerged as a national leader in the study and evaluation of air quality and alternative transportation technologies. A primary function of the center is that of an independent and objective scientific body capable of providing in-depth, valid evaluations of new environmental technologies for regulatory agencies and industry.

"A critical role of the university is to look beyond what appears to be obviously applicable. Promising technologies like the OX2 engine deserve a thorough, independent evaluation. And we are grateful for the opportunity Advanced Engine Technologies has given our faculty and students to be part of a collaborative research program to explore the unconventional design characteristics of this new engine," said Joe Norbeck, CE-CERT director and Yeager Families Professor of Environmental Engineering at UCR.

"We believe the OX2 engine provides the means for environmental change," said Advanced Engine Technologies, Inc. Founder/CEO Murray Bailey. "We were faced with a problem of commercializing this revolutionary technology and UCR has provided a solution to this. By way of cooperative research and development, we are now able to move forward and thank the university for its assistance in helping us bring this to fruition."

Advanced Engine Technologies, Inc. will give the UCR Foundation 1 million shares of the company over a five-year period to support CE-CERT's endowment, the earned interest of which funds research on a variety of engine technologies for future applications . The gift establishes the company's bonafides and commitment to help launch a program at UCR in new engine development.

To prevent any appearance of conflict of interest, the stock will be placed in an endowment account which will fund research, fellowship and scholarship support not related to OX2 research. Private corporations that may be interested in the technology wil l provide initial funding for OX2 evaluation and development. Advising CE-CERT on the research program will be an internationally recognized panel of outside experts from academia and industry chaired by Dr. Roberta Nichols, a retired Ford Motor Company e xecutive, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

The first phase of OX2 research - expected to last about six months - will include evaluation to determine the torque, power, fuel economy and emissions potential of the engine. CE-CERT's advanced Vehicle Engineering group will carry out the research.

If successful, Norbeck said a second phase of research will be aimed at technology improvement - including optimizing the engine design and fuel injection system - as well as testing the power plant in a variety of applications, such as vehicle propulsion and power generation. The technical staff of both CE-CERT and Advanced Engine Technologies will undertake that phase.

The OX2 engine was conceived in Australia by inventor Steve Manthey. The engine is an 8-cylinder barrel configuration, using a stationary head and cam plate, and rotating cylinder block and piston plates. Each cylinder fires twice per revolution and two cylinders fire simultaneously, resulting in four times the output per revolution of a conventional four-stroke engine at the same displacement. The engine can be adapted to run any combustible gas or liquid as fuel.

Advanced Engine Technologies was incorporated in 1996 to commercialize the OX2. Members of its Board of Directors include Bailey, automotive racing pioneer Carroll Shelby and George Hunt, who brings to the company 36 years of experience in the marine industry. Among the company's advisors and shareholders are Bobby Allison, former NASCAR champion and Daytona 500 winner; Smokey Yunick, one of the world's premier automotive mechanics and International Motorsports Hall of Fame member; Bob Teague, founder and owner of Teague Custom Marine, Inc.; and Eddie Lawson, four-time world motorcycle road racing champion.

The OX2 evaluation program will join the many research projects underway at CE-CERT, a research center within The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering at UCR. Faculty members, staff scientists and students at CE-CERT develop new technologies to reduce air pollution and evaluate the impact of proposed environmental regulations. The center's wide-ranging research agenda encompasses developing autonomous vehicles, converting biomass such as yard waste into methanol, modeling how pollutants behav e chemically in the atmosphere and improving alternative-fueled vehicles and advanced transportation systems.

"We are honored that Advanced Engine Technologies has confidence that our relatively new engineering college can build an internationally recognized program in advanced vehicle technology," said Satish K. Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR. "In supporting this kind of research, the gift allows us to recruit renowned faculty and highly accomplished graduate students with the expertise to make this program even stronger."

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