The club efforts have often been directed to improving fuel efficiency… but making vehicle engines (and other parts) last longer is also a worthy topic… as it decreases the use of energy ie. energy is used to produce both new parts and repair old ones. If you don't have to do this as often it's an energy saving. This also means it saves money.
It also needs to be recognised by club members that there are a number of products that you can buy off the shelf that will do these things. Nothing special is required… other than the knowledge that they work… and the willingness to invest in them.
As longevity is also linked to fuel efficiency… you also get an added bonus with most of these things ie. you also use less petrol at some stage in the life cycle.
Products that fall into these categories include:
Better air filtration eg. foam filtration (very cost effective and very large carrying capacity), nano fibres (touted as the next big thing) and passing air through an oil bath. Because these filters mostly breathe better than the standard air filter they can often improve economy… especially if the engine has breathing related difficulties.
Better oil filtration: if you can remove the wear particles from the oil the engine will last much longer. Filters with removable woven cellulose filters (aka dunny rolls) filter ~400 times better than the standard oil filter.
Long life spark plugs… not only do they last up to 100,000kms but they usually burn better… improving economy eg. Iridium plugs
It is also possible to treat the metal in an engine with a polymer to reduce friction. The treatment is permanent and apart from improving economy increases engine life… and is very well tested.
You will find details and descriptions of the first 3 products in the links section of http://www.xcelplus.com.au and the last one is the subject of the site itself.
It would be nice if other members posted details of products they know do work… especially if they can be fitted to the vehicles we drive… even better if they don't require a lot of time to fit and special know-how.
I believe products other than the ones I have mentioned exist… and would like to know about them. Could other people please post some stuff?
If I understand the ICE project correctly… then to consider some of these possibilities is within the scope of the project.
BTW: Better oil filtration will roughly double your engine life, better air filtration will roughly double your engine life and better (permanent) lubrication will double your engine life. I've never quite worked out if that means the engine will last 8x as long as all those things work synergistically… but engine life is definitely significantly improved and cars need a lot less attention.
PS. Some of the successful HOH experimenters are using these methods to augment economy… or in addition to their economy enhancements.