Bison prototypes about to hit the water

The next generation prototypes are currently being built and are scheduled to hit the water in early July The next generation prototypes are currently being built and are scheduled to hit the water in early July

Cimco Marine AB is developing the new generation Diesel powered outboard with a six cylinder, twin turbo, 3-litre diesel engine from BMW as a basis.

Internally the project is known as the Bison project. The next generation prototypes are currently being built and are scheduled to hit the water in early July. Start of production is scheduled for spring 2020.

“The Bison project is proceeding with unchanged intensity. Identified improvement potential from the first sea going concept prototype is now being fully implemented in the next generation prototype “Bison P1A”. The Bison P1A will be delivering 300hp on the propeller shaft, meeting the required emission standards and expected fuel consumption.

The Bison P1A will now be fully evaluated in laboratory and field tests, final efforts related to weight and geometrical optimization will be completed before the cowl design is frozen.

In the tests performed up to this point the OXE Diesel 300 is expected to consume about 40% less fuel than a 300hp petrol outboard. This reduction and the fact that it runs on diesel will significantly contribute to reduced environmental impact for the OXE Diesel 300.

The conducted tests indicate that CO2 will be reduced by more than 35%, CO by more than 99% and HC + NOx by more than 70% when comparing to petrol outboard standards.

The engines are designed to comply with the demanding Euro 6 automotive regulations when mounted in cars, exceeding any comparable marine emission regulations.

By Jake Frith

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