Continental® Motors manufactures cylinders for the most popular piston engines in general aviation. Whether you are flying behind a Continental®, a Titan™ or a LYCOMING®* engine, we have the right cylinder for you.
Continental® Motors innovates year after year, investing heavily in research and development, manufacturing equipment, and quality control. We are proud of our history that goes back to 1904 and of our future.
For over 110 years, Continental® Motors has been manufacturing cylinders for its engines. Building technical and engineering expertise year over year, Continental® now offers cylinder kits and parts not only for its own engines (including the Titan™ range of experimental engines) but also for LYCOMING®* engines.
When Continental® Motors set out to deliver a high-quality cylinder, we started at the beginning with metallurgy, the tools to cast the heads or forge the barrels, and the method of seating heads and barrels. Our cylinders include the best steel and aluminium materials. They are precision machined to tight tolerances and assembled with custom designed computer operating systems. Lastly our cylinders are durably tested under extreme conditions in advanced engineering test cells and high-performance aircraft. Continuous improvements in manufacturing technology and advanced statistical process control have enabled Continental® Motors to hone in on the center of the tolerance band.
Cylinder Barrels start out as high-grade aircraft quality, through-hardened 4140 forged steel. Then the cylinder bores, for our higher horsepower Continental® Motors engines (300-500 series), go through a thru-hardening process which gives the cylinder barrels excellent resistance to wear and greater durability at higher temperatures.
Cylinder heads are machined on computer controlled machining centers. Custom designed computer controlled equipment is used in the assembly of the critical head to barrel joint.
Pistons are designed to be extremely wear resistant and use the best alloys to ensure longevity and heat resistance.
Cylinders for our Titan™ Experimental line of engines and for the LYCOMING®* engines come in two flavours:
We have a solution for your engine, bringing quality, reliability, and superior performance. Our warranties are second to none, bringing you peace of mind on every flight.
When used on a Titan™ Experimental engine or a LYCOMING®* engine on a experimental airframe, additional benefits:
Continental® Motors has been innovating and leading the industry for over 110 years. Today, we bring to the market a new revolution: Nickel Silicon Carbide coating of our cylinders for Continental® Motors, LYCOMING®* and Titan™ engines. This process offers corrosion resistance, abnormal or premature wear resistance, increased strength, and a warranty extension of five years or TBO. If you fly less frequently than you wish or if you are based in a region where maritime or humid climate is prevalent, the NiC3™ cylinder family was designed for you!
The Coating ProcessCylinders are coated with the NiC3™ compound via electrolysis. An electrolytic nickel matrix is prepared, to provide perfect adhesion to the surface of the cylinder wall. Within this matrix are suspended minute particles of silicon carbide, which are almost diamond-hard. These particles are spread evenly throughout the matrix, and provide exceptional resistance to wear. The resultant coating becomes an integral part of the cylinder wall, and provides an extremely low friction coefficient, thus increasing the mechanical performance of the cylinder itself.
NiC3™ Cylinders Better PerformanceNickel Silicon Carbide is a chemical compound coating of Nickel and Silicon Carbide, a strong ceramic. It is much harder than steel, with performance attributes that first appeared in the engine cylinders of sports and race-cars. Continental® Motors now offers nickel silicon carbide (NiC3™) as an optional coating across its entire range of cylinder products. The increase in performance, wear-resistance and cylinder lifetime are among the many reasons more owners and operators are choosing NiC3™.
Better Protection Against CorrosionPiston engines used infrequently are more prone to internal corrosion, since the oil layer left following operation slowly fades away over time through lack of use. A cylinder coated with NiC3™ actually absorbs and retains a layer of oil, keeping the cylinder surface coated much longer than a standard uncoated surface. This greatly increases the protection against corrosion in engines that are not used regularly.
Greatly Improved Surface IntegritySince aviation engines breathe ambient air, moisture can enter as a result of daily variations in temperature. NiC3™ coating enhances and protects surface integrity and provides a strong barrier against corrosion, while improving cylinder performance. The coating process is performed under strictly controlled conditions, with consistent and uniform coverage of the entire cylinder.
Industry leading warrantyOur full range for Continental® Motors, Titan™ Experimental & ASTM-certified and FAA-approved cylinders for LYCOMING®* engines are now available with the option of NiC3™ coating. In addition to the standard warranty (2 years or 1,000 hours, whichever comes first), these premium cylinders are backed by an additional warranty extension covering the cylinder barrels for abnormal wear and/or corrosion for 5 years. Or TBO, whichever comes first. More peace of mind to you!
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