Former Ford Engineer Dreams Up Engine With Turbos For Each Cylinder

Jim Clarke, a former engineer at Ford responsible for the modular V8 and Duratec V6, has an idea to revolutionize the internal combustion engine.

Designed to maximize fuel efficiency, Clarke’s novel idea involves using two throttle bodies and an individual turbocharger for each cylinder of an engine.

The engineer, who has partnered with the former president of the engine divisions at Navistar and Kohler, Dick Fotsch, says the result means each cylinder fills significantly quicker than a normal ICE, thus creating almost instantaneous levels of torque.

Furthermore, the installation of a turbocharger for each cylinder means they can be placed incredibly close to the exhaust valves, are significantly smaller than a normal turbo and can therefore spool up more quickly. In the patent application for the engine, Clarke says this setup could eliminate turbo lag.

Car and Driver reports that Clarke’s engine design remains all theoretical at this stage as no prototype has been built. However, this type of engine, as well as Koenigsegg’s camless engine, perhaps show that the ICE is far from dead.


  • thunder bolt

    and then one of the cylinder decides not to sync.

    • Rocc E. Normyss

      I know, right!?… engine overthought!

    • pcurve

      that’s what inter-turbo timing chain is for!

  • bloggin

    It won’t matter how any turbos added to a combustion engine, it still can’t match the responsiveness, instant torque, consistent power delivery and low cost per mile and low maintenance costs of an EV.

    • LeStori

      Ignoring excessive tyre wear,poor range, lithium mining pollution, and more energy need to manufacture the specialised materials (often more C02 produced) used in EV manufacture. Add to this pollution in the manufacture of Batteries. Wearing tyres means more tyre particulates in the air. Heavy EVs also tend to produce more brake dust.
      There is no free lunch. Just the same old problems shared around differently

      • Status

        You really want to go on about that fucking brake dust as if it was worse than cancer.

      • Silimarina

        “Poor range” – will be solved as battery technology evolves.
        “lithium minining pollution” – lithium mining pollution is not that bad.Look at the link at the bottom.And future batteries will problably don’t need lithium.Like graphene batteries
        “EV’s also tend to produce more brake dust”- as far as i know EV tend to use regenerative braking with the help of their electric motor/s.Tesla has indicated that brake pads have an expected life of at least 100k miles on their cars.
        Now…ignoring oil spills, oil drilling pollution and groundwater pollution.Oil refining pollution.Gas transportation pollution.Air pollution in cities, produced mainly by ICE cars, that causes 200,000 early deaths each year in US alone, 467,000 in Europe and 7 million world wide.
        Yeah i think EV’s are the safer bet.

      • benT

        I don’t care about that stuff – give me an electric car.

      • karmat

        Why would they produce more brake dust? Some of the braking is done by regeneration.

      • Krisnadi Imam

        i would rather have them focus their money on making a compact multifuel powerplant that is small enough to be stored in spare wheel well that enables charging on EV vehicles. a hybrid in a sense.

      • Eduardo Santos

        With all due respect i am tired of this type of arguments. Fuel takes a toll on the environment way before reaching full pumps (extraction, refinery and distribution). What about evaporation? ICE works nicely when properly maintained. How many keep their car in top notch condition? (not burning oil, cat in proper condition, air filter not clogged, change plugs). Electric motors maintain their efficiency much more easily through time when compared to ICE. Internal combustion engines break more often needing more parts which add up to carbon footprint. What about engine efficiency? (30% vs 80%). Most of them work with one gear which helps to drive efficiently (how many work the gearbox properly and do not lug the engine or rev the nuts of it). Electric powertrains are far from perfect but i think are the way to go and promote the use of clean energies even if today fossil fuels power the batteries. Brake dust? I thought regen braking helped with that. We are facing the laws of diminishing returns with the combustion process even though we use new technologies like DI (carbon deposits, particles and detonation). 100 years of evolution do not translate these days in great progress with fuel consumption (diesel gates and far from real fuel consumption from ridiculous test cycles that are made on labs and not the real world. Whether with electricity or hydrogen ICE engine days are numbered.

    • Vassilis

      It doesn’t need to honestly. They only need to make ICE more efficient compared to how they already are. Not compared to electric motors.

  • cbeezer

    Why is this an Article? turbo for each cylinder… so 20+ years ago. They should shred the patient request in front of him for wasting their time. Current employee of ford or not, this is the quality of 90% of automotive design engineers… soon they will imagin a 48v electric turbo per cylinder… and it will still not be news. The media as usual, clueless.

    • cargeniuass

      Where are the vehicles that have a turbo attached to each cylinder right now?

      • cbeezer

        There a several aftermarket racing applications that have built, tried, ITB with individual turbos. But lets focus here, this is about design. Most of the time you see this in twin turbo motorcycle vehicles. If you really want more examples about engin design, look at large diesel engines.

    • bonzomatic

      I’m pretty sure shredding the “patient” is going to get them sued for malpractice… 😉


  • SirVeil

    0 – 60, pls.

  • smartacus

    they can do this right now
    with a flat-twin