Ilmor is best known for providing solutions for high-performance motorsports and marine applications. But the cutting-edge engineering crossover with the defence industry is very clear, so we're also applying our engineering expertise to defence applications, resulting in lightweight, compact and innovative solutions.
Borrowing design innovations and knowledge developed from race engines, Ilmor has created the Hornet UAV engine. The 3 cylinder, 12 valve DOHC Hornet engine fits into a 440mm diameter fuselage with an installed weight of just 70kg and has an integrated propeller drive and electronic fuel system. Despite the light weight and compact size, it develops 140 ps at the propeller.
The Ilmor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) Launcher System stores energy in a flywheel which is released through clutches, delivering a carefully controlled launch offering many advantages over existing launcher systems. The simple, well executed design concept is less expensive that rival designs, provides a smooth and constant acceleration to minimise stress on the aircraft and is designed for use with a variety of UAV makes and models. The package is lightweight and easy to operate, folding down to fit a standard 20’ ISO container for transportation.
The launcher has been successfully used with the German Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement and has been recommended for future use based on acceleration profile and rapid reload time.
Ilmor has recently, in conjunction with two other partner organisations, designed and produced a 15kW diesel generator.
This product is highly integrated, is approximately two thirds the weight of any competitor product and can be employed in either laid down or vertical orientations to suit the installation space. It uses a state of the art hybrid alternator with its own control electronics and has a dry sump to allow full load operation at large angles.
It has completed its first level of durability testing with flying colours and is capable of running on heavy fuels from automotive diesel to kerosene.