Website & Blog Updates

Hello Everyone,

I’ve made a few more website updates which I wanted to share, as well as a few minor changes to the blog.   

On the blog, I changed the registration page, as the site was getting quite a few spam user registrations, mostly likely by some code-bot.  To get around that, I had to dump the default registration page and create a custom one that includes a Google reCaptcha check.   Registration appears to be working, but if there are any problems let me know.  Registration is useful if you want to be able to go back and edit comments you may have made, and it’s easier when logged in to the blog to use the comment system.

On the Freedom Motors website, I have finally added some media to the video gallery.  I added a selection of 10 videos, including the 60 Minutes episode where Dr. Moller was interviewed and Dr. Moller’s TED talk.   I will add more content here if I find interesting videos I believe are related to FM that would be of interest.  

I created a new Media Releases page, which has summary posts for any press releases or major blog posts announcing important information.  We previously did not have a landing page for press releases, so this new page fills that role.

I added some photos and information to our Facilities page – previously this page only had a couple photos that included the storefront of our Dixon facility.   These new photos includes images from within the facility and of some of our vehicles and other Rotapower engine projects.

I created a new page called “Partners” that has the names & logos of the various organizations and companies that Freedom Motors has developed alliances with over the years.  Some of these relationships are built on projects or government grants that Freedom Motors has completed over the years, and some of these are new partnerships which have just formed.

I made a minor change to our Team page, adding headshot photos for each of our executives and advisors.

I added a new document to the Documents page, the “Rotapower Engine Development Timeline”, which details key milestones in the development of the Rotapower engine since the company was incorporated in 2001.  You can download this document directly with this link.

And lastly, I added a new Mission page which has our official mission statement and our board approved core-values for the company.

If you are curious about the image at the top of this blog post, that is one of our Gleason built side-seal slotters for engine rotors.   These machines are powerful enough to cut the side-seals slots into the rotors in about 6 seconds.  We own two of these, and we believe there are only four of them in existence.

Best Regards – Dave

Author: David Sastry

David has two decades of experience as a senior engineer at Intel Corporation, Freescale and Marvell Semiconductors. Before joining Freedom Motors he was a Principle Consultant for Infosys in their IoT Practice. David holds BS and MS degrees from Ohio State University in electrical engineering, with an emphasis on computer architecture and digital design. David is responsible for Freedom Motors' IT systems, social media outreach, managing corporate operations and contributing to business development.

11 thoughts on “Website & Blog Updates”

  1. As it’s well known rotary engines have uniquely marketable advantages of weigh, volume, vibration, durability and emissions. That said, could the newish ‘complete combustion’ process known as HCCI be theoretically applied to the rotary engines in general as an efficiency innovation, as it has been for piston engines in recent publication?

    1. It’s an interesting question…most HCCI engines I have seen require a high compression ratio that would require some significant design changes to work in a Wankel-based rotary. I am not the engine expert here, so it is hard for me to speculate. I’d have to run the question by our engineer and Dr. Moller.

      However, this year Dr. Moller has found a new way to configure the Rotapower engine to get a significant boost in fuel economy with alcohol fuels. We plan to test it out this coming year, as it will provide a significant power and fuel economy boost without compounding.

      1. It seems that if an engine lacks mechanical compression, increasing pressure in the manifold will get combustion chamber pressure up. The importance of HCCI should not be over looked. Many publications show an approximate 50% across different loads, engine sizes, where as 35% is current state of the art. The trick is the entire super lean mixture ‘knocks’ after TDC. Since the entire mixture ‘knocks’ it seems that flame front is not the ignition source, rather it’s pressure, and that a combustion can occur at all areas within the combustion chamber. This seems helpful to a rotary with a narrow combustion chamber area.

    1. Bob it is”MY” opinion when FM has cash in hand to start Production MI starts a climb since they are tied at the hip. I personally plan on a buying MI program after the FM offering has closed

  2. Dear David when are we going to get an update on your trip to india? You and all the new advisors and new CEO are doing a great job.
    Gregg christman

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