The irony here is that camless engines are relatively easy to build. The average hacker could modify a small four-stroke engine for camless. The latest to catch my attention: engine valves that operate without camshafts. For decades the idea of electronically controlled electromagnetic. The “camless” engine developed by Koenigsegg sister company FreeValve edged closer to production on Friday with Qoros’ unveiling of a.

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The engine relies on pneumatic valve actuators to open valves, which are then closed by air pressure or springs. The camshaft itself is driven at half the speed of the crankshaft through timing gears, chains, or a belt.

Is the Era of the Camless Valvetrain Finally Upon us?- Technologue – Motor Trend

Now its exactly like you describe. Which means that you have to refill oil quite often. One time two valves took a hit and the local machine shop added a new rngine to their shop.

A poppet valvetrain is one of the largest frictional components in any engine. Moving from a mechanical valve train to an electronic enyine may also directly give a power increase just from removing the energy required to push against the springs. Fuel injection can shut off when there is sufficient pressure and add more fuel when there is less pressure allowing the engines to run closer to a perfect diesel cycle.

Maybe some of the back EMF can be dumped into an adjacent valve cycle to reuse the energy. But the exhaust valve is closed, negine to massive compression, blown rings, massive amounts of blowby, blown headgasket etc. Since the engine is run electronically and not mechanically, camless engines can be updated to meet new emission regulations without mechanical modifications.


The engine control unit ECU fires the injectors at just the right time to inject fuel into the cylinders.

liter ‘camless’ engine delivers hp in Qoros 3

As if the poor spelling and grammatical errors arent bad enough… Maybe someone needs to be put engije charge of reviewing submitted articles and docking pay based on errors? By using this site, enginf agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. According to FreeValve, which developed the technology, the benefits are increased power and torque. The probablility of failure may be low but the cost of damage is high. Solenoids or hydraulic actuators open and close the valves in an infinitely variable number of ways.

I was in a club at my local community college back in Of course then you could delve into the Wankel rotary engine territory if you start along that path. Driving the Wildest Production Lambo Ever. The engine’s Swedish designer FreeValve claims that the 1. Fiat have them on the Twin-Air units with some electronic controls to allow things like double valve opening during the compression stroke.

Is the Era of the Camless Valvetrain Finally Upon us?- Technologue

China is working to fix this sort of problem: The fuel pump provides constant pressure. The mechanical stopper itself is possibly half a mm. I have sold several that had to go through the receiving and reflash process before I could deliver them cmless customers. Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow A multi-cylinder gasoline engine is a complex dance.

Allegedly this is to reduce costs but the teams still find ways to spend massive amounts finding smaller and smaller loopholes. So compressed air opens the valve almost instantly, electronically controlled hydraulic pressure holds it open, a coil spring closes it, and passive hydraulic pressure cushions its “landing. Most car engines spend most of their lives operating in a very predictable, narrow band of operating conditions, so optimizing camshaft profiles for that scenario is not a big deal.


This means that it is physically impossible for the valves to crash into the pistons. Read our Cookie Policy.

And failure in closed position during exhaust cycle would blow your engine up aswell, because you have all the expanded gas produced by the combustion which is a lot camldss than the unburned air-fuel mixture.

And this is why F1 is ever less relevant to the real world.

A wankel is a rotary engine. Most Popular This Week. While these systems do work, they tend to be mechanically complex, and expensive to repair.

A Wankel rotor side seal swept the entire sidewall but here the flap side seals need only sweep the distance of travel, which is quite small at the hinged end and even slightly less than a standard piston engine at the other end. Higher RPMs fight against the viscosity of the oil as well as camleess mechanical friction and of course the springs get warm from being extended and compressed repeatedly.

Video shows inner workings of Koenigsegg’s camless engine

There is still a need for automotive ICEs, although if you go to full camleas hybrid then all the complications associated with variable loading and speeds can be tossed out in favour of a fixed-speed, fixed load motor-generator driving a battery pack. Email required Address never made public. Formula 1 cars use pneumatic actuators on the valves, providing up to 20, rpm, but usually engihe to around 12, for fuel efficiency reasons. My motorcycle real line is rpm!