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    New Camless Engine

    A few months ago, Koenigsegg's FreeValve announced the development of a camless engine together with Qoros Auto. Now, the technology has made its debut at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show.

    Using the company's Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator, instead of the traditional camshaft-based method, the unit is the world's first FreeValve engine intended for mass production.

    According to Koenigsegg, the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine will develop 230 hp and 320 Nm of torque, offering a 47% increase in power, a 45% increase in torque, and a 15% percent increase in fuel savings compared to a similar traditional engine. Moreover, the unit is 20 kilograms lighter, more compact, and (presumably) cheaper to manufacture, as it misses a throttle body, a camshaft, the timing gear, pre-catalytic converter systems, direct injection systems and so on.

    "FreeValve technology has taken many years of testing and refinement but the results are extremely satisfying. This production-intent engine offers Qoros significant savings in emissions, cost, and weight. It also offers groundbreaking benefits to vehicle owners in terms of a near 50% increase in both power and torque, while actually reducing fuel consumption", said Urban Carlson, CEO of FreeValve AB.

    The engine was showcased on a Qoros 3 hatchback, as the Chinese car maker will use a fleet of test engines to further develop the technology.
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    Amazing. A game changer.





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    That's interesting. It sounds like it has combined the benefits of diesel and petrol engines.
    I had a couple of camless engines in the 60's and 70's, a Suzi T250 and a T500. Excellent fun, ring a ding ding.
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    That motor sounds like just what a Mazda Miata needs.
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    Looks promising and I'm kinda surprised this isn't a common thing already


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    There must be a reason the big car manufactures aren't all over this. It must be extremely expensive.

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    It's still pretty new. I'm sure Koenigsegg is negotiating new orders. Probably a major bidding war right now including more players than the big three, like Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, etc.

    Too expensive to build? Basic retooling with tons of savings on reduced components.

    Game changer is the best description. Just give it time.
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    The R&D and making it reliable would be the expensive part. Manufacturing should be cheaper!


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    It could save Yamaha millions on cam chain tensioner warranty work !

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