Despite being just an upstart, Chinese automaker Qoros is quickly making a name for itself in the world of automotive. It has patented a new engine technology that could revolutionize the internal combustion engine.
Together with the founder of Koenigsegg, Qoros’s engineers are developing a camless engine, an innovation that has for the longest time been considered science-fiction. The company unveiled its so-called “QamFree” engine technology at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in a working prototype.
Basically, the QamFree design eliminates traditional camshafts and uses hydraulic or electronic actuators to control the engine’s valves, a setup that allows for optimal tuning. The end result is more power and fewer emissions.
In the words of Qoros:
“Through pneumatic, hydraulic or electric actuator, it achieves an independent control of each valve and replaces the traditional camshaft valve control system, thoroughly liberating the respiration of the engine. Compared to traditional engines, the QamFree engine can achieve the integrative effect of stronger power output, lower fuel consumption, reduced emission and smaller engine package.”
Qoros promises impressive results. Its naturally-aspirated, 1.6L QamFree engine is said to produce 230 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, a similar output to that of a conventional turbocharged 2.0L engine.
The enterprising automaker hasn’t announced when the QamFree engine will be available, but it is committed to bringing the technology to market.