AN entrepreneur from Worthing is standing on the brink of a major commercial breakthrough with motor emissions reducing technology.
Richard Bushell, a Tarring-based car performance expert, has expressed his frustration after a shock diagnosis of cancer that has forced him to accelerate his plans to ensure they are developed.
For more than 15 years he has battled to gain recognition for the Intech Valve, which has undergone significant formal track-testing and consistently produced impressive emission reductions of 80 percent while actually offering greater engine efficiency.
Mr Bushell, of Church Road, explained that through his extensive work on designing performance cars for major manufacturers he made a breakthrough discovery in realising there was a fundamental efficiency flaw in standard four-stroke engines (used throughout the motors industry in cars, motor bikes and commercial equipment).
He is now set to go into production with California’s state government with his equipment and is also exploring use for Moto GP bike championships and overseas bike market in Asia.
“We are planning to put Intech into production this November which has been brought about by my condition.
“I’ve an operation next week at the Royal Marsden and they are probably the best cancer treatment people in the world.
“I’ve also had some help from St Barnabas, who have been great and are very used to dealing with these kinds of issues,” said Mr Bushell who revealed he had tried to stay positive despite the knowledge that the outcome of his major surgery is uncertain.
The performance engineer who has fought an extensive battle to gain the patent rights to his product, is hopeful the hard work is set to pay off.
His initial testing began in the mid 90s and even from its earliest phases it produced strong results that indicated his valve would have major environmental emissions benefits.
However, car manufacturers were slow to accept his findings, resulting in his switch to focusing on the bike industry. From testing it on his own Ducati bike he swiftly realised its potential.
But Mr Bushell admitted the stress of campaigning against an initially sceptical industry with his breakthrough technology could well have had a detrimental effect on his condition.
Despite this, he praised family and friends for the support they have provided as he nears his surgery in London next week.
“It’s a relief that after all this time that it is being accepted – not for myself, but the fact that there’s still a huge problem with vehicle emissions in emerging markets in China and India where the Intech could be used on things like scooters.
“I just hope I’m able to take the business further with the support of my son.”