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Swedish Company’s Camshaft-free Piston Engine Already Has a Customer

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FreeValve engine (Image: Koenigsegg Automotive AB)

A Swedish company with close ties to a hard-to-spell supercar maker has thrown a wrench into the automotive world, unveiling a production-ready piston engine that doesn’t use a camshaft.

Developed by FreeValve AB, which isn’t a Nordic Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band, the new engine technology ditches a camshaft for other modes of valve actuation, gaining power and efficiency in the process. Unlike some other touted internal combustion engine advancements, this technology already has a customer.

FreeValve’s invention was revealed by the Koenigsegg sister company earlier this year in Beijing, but we didn’t learn much about its efficiency or applications. Now, the technology appears ready for mass production, with a customer ready to test it. The company recently debuted a driveable vehicle equipped with a production-ready FreeValve engine at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

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