LSPI: A knock on the newest engines

For an illustration of the law of unintended consequences, consider the worldwide push to produce cars with higher fuel economy. It’s good for the planet, because it lessens the impact of carbon emissions. But, it may be bad for cars because current approaches to boost fuel economy increase the likelihood of low-speed pre-ignition (LSPI). A combustion abnormality, LSPI can lead to knocking so severe it can destroy an engine.

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