The general aviation industry has been searching for an alternative engine for many decades and new entrants can include diesel, auto-conversion, electric and even hybrid options. We don’t intend to enter the argument about the existing engines. The fact is, Lycoming engines are still the #1 choice for homebuilt aircraft for numerous reasons.
No matter what new engine entered the arena it would always be looked upon with skepticism for many decades until its “reliability” badge could be worn. Conventional wisdom however always focused new engines being used on a single engine platform. Hensley’s idea was to simply use a fully redundant twin engine platform and offer our customers their choice in engines that best suits their needs.
The prototype Wolf will be equipped with the Lycoming IO-360 series engines. Because of the peace of mind of having a second engine, we’re quite certain in the years to come numerous other engines will be used including deploying the Wolf as a test bed for new engines under development.