Screw Hybrids! Mazda Working on Car Engine Powered By Lasers

June 29, 2011
It's 2011 and I'm still waiting for the flying cars. It's supremely disappointing, but this might tide me over until the next supreme disappointment.

Mazda is working on a new revolutionary engine codenamed the "16X Renesis" and word on the street is that it is powered by lasers. Traditional engines use spark plugs as ignition, but Mazda's design would harness the awesome power of lasers to ignite the fuel mixture and make the car race across barren desert landscapes the way every guy pictures it in their heads, whether they’re driving a classic Mustang or their used Ford Taurus with the missing rear-view mirror.

The design has been in development for almost five years and hasn't gotten out of the testing stage yet, but when it hits the market, it will improve driving efficiency and even help cut down on emissions. No word yet if Mazda is trying to use the technology to make cars that can fly.

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