Gaspar Espiell, the founder of Xicoy Electronica SL began to build RC turbine engines in 1994 by the hand of Mr. Jesus Artes. In 1995 they had the first engine to run, and in the summer of 1996 the flights began. Quickly was realized that the turbine engines needed an electronic control to operate safely and relibailly, and in the summer of 1998 the first FADEC was put in to production, supliying thousands of electronic controllers up to 11 diferent turbine manufacturers. During these years the electronics of the RC turbine engines had been improving adding more functions and relibility. In 2013 Gaspar developped the brushless pump control that dramatically improved the pump life, relaibily and precision of control. This feature put the Xicoy controller ahead of competitors and recent developments like autorestart had set the path thorugh competitors are pursuing.
In paralel to electronics design, during the last 25 years Gaspar has continued his work in engine development. He has several succesful engine designs that have been manufactured in thousands trough the company JetsMunt, and build under license by other companies in high quantities.
The X45 project began as as a Gaspar's personal project in a relaxed way in the Xmas holidays of 2016. Drawings and calculations where done then, and the turbine wheel and stator where drawn at the time and sent to a prototyping company to cast few samples.
In begining of 2017, Xicoy adquired and moved to new premises to have bigger space and posibility to have CNC machines in house. All the setup of the new premises and the move absorbed most of the R+D time, the X45 project keept sleeping. Fall of 2017 and first half of 2018 was spent in to finish the development of the engines JetsMunt M70, M166 and M210 so until summer 2018 no work was done in the X45.
The X45 ran first time in August 2018. During these tests the engine show high potential, exceding the initial design goal. Plans were quickly made to transform the personal project in to a mass produced product.
In the next month work and progressed, a substantial investment was done to manufacture the molds for mass production of castings for the turbine wheel and stator.
A chance opportunity arose where a colleague of many years was looking for a new challenge and was able to join Gaspar to share the workload and assist this development and others to follow. The colleague is Mike Murphy, formally of Wren Turbines. This fertile collaboration has brought two lots of jet engine experience together to pool skills and create some new ideas and projects to bring to the market.
We ran our first homebuilt turbine in 1995, and first flight was in 1996, more than 25 years ago. We know the RC turbine industry since its beginning in the 90s, and since then we have been actively present suppliying our innovative products to hundreds of customers, having earned a well-deserved respect for our seriousness and service.. We combine knowledge in different aspects that allow us to be self sufficient, not depending on other's technology. All our products are all developped in house, this allow to design all components in an engine to work together in total harmony.
Currently Xicoy has 5 service centers ready to service the X45 engines located in Spain, USA. UK, Switzerland and Australia.
Xicoy Electronica SL
Pl. Pere Llauger Prim, nau 18,
08360 Canet de Mar, Barcelona
Tel +34 937 942 774