Koenigsegg and Qoros’ 230 HP Camless Engine Debuts At Guangzhou

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.



Freevalve from Freevalve on Vimeo.

  • TheHake

    This will be awesome! It will generate enough money for Koenigsegg to continue existing!

  • FlameWater

    Hopefully Qoros comes to Canada soon

  • Toronado_II

    Sometimes, great innovations come from small companies !

  • frankfan42

    The benefits of not having valve timing and lift associated with cams is really incredible. Imagine lower costs, higher power, cleaner exhaust, NO cam chain or belt to break and ruin your engine, AND greater fuel efficiency. OEMs will adopt this technology if it proves reliable. Good things come from bald guys !
    Imagine this cylinder head tech in a new mid engined “Vette” with a smaller sized v-8 and MORE power. Wow

    • Big Black Duck

      idk about the bald comment…requires more research

  • Blade t

    Small companies thinking outside the box

  • Big Black Duck

    YTF didn’t any of the other automakers figure this out .. Congrats to CVK .. he should get an award for this..


  • Astonman

    I’ve always been impressed by Koenigsegg – now i have another reason.

  • Jocquell

    I hope Qoros comes to the US, or at least the Qamless Freevalve technology does!!!

  • Dave Mitchell

    Look like the IC engine is going to reach “perfection” right before it’s demise if the electric trend continues.

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