Opel diesel stands in Lake
Rüsselsheim, Germany, 14 July 2016
There are the insignia, the Cascada and the Zafira Opel with a 170-HP diesel and 400 Newton metres of torque under the hood. You wonder why we now report on this two-liter four-cylinder engine? Because the diesel produced in Kaiserslautern in a completely new area to use: it comes from road to water.
Two-liter four-cylinder with 200 HP and 400 Newton metres
The Swedish company CIMCO Navy off builds now on the basis of Opel diesel an outboard engine called OXE (on German: ox). In the naval version produces the four-cylinder 200 HP now and remains at a maximum torque of 400 Newton metres. For use at sea was dispensed with more torque and rather on higher performance for full speed. In addition, the engine now has a dry sump lubrication and a closed cooling system. The power is transmitted by the transmission via a patented belt drive to the propeller. This drive enables an extreme slow ride, which is required for search - and-rescue operations.
Maintenance, lower consumption and reduced risk of fire
In the maritime field, the OXE outboard must be maintained every 200 hours and revised after 2,000 hours. Under full load, the turbo-diesel fuel per hour consumes around 43 litres. Comparison: A gasoline engine has approximately every 100 hours for the service and consumes more than 70 liters per hour. Also, the background noise to a two-stroke outboards to sink. In addition, another advantage is the inflammable fuel. Some ports fail this ban on boats with petrol outboards because of the potential fire risk that access applies to OXE.
CIMCO-marine-chef is convinced of the Opel engine
"We opted for the Opel engine, as it is a technical masterpiece and has proven its reliability on million kilometres of road. Switching from the gasoline engine on the diesel reduces the risk of fire, brings a longer life with greater service intervals in heavy commercial use, reach under full load and everywhere secured availability of fuel", explains CIMCO marine Chief Magnus Folin. One of the first delivered engines of this type already making his service on a Scottish salmon farm. Otherwise, the engine is particularly suitable for fast boats used for the Hochseeanglen or rescue operations in coastal waters. (ml)