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In a new development, Koenigsegg subsidiary Freevalve AB has announced a new partnership with Chinese automaker Qoros Auto. The outcome of the partnership is continued development of Freevalve’s Pneumatic Hydraulic Electric Actuator (PHEA) tech and a new “Qamfree” engine for Qoros.

The engine – currently on display in Beijing – sees the camshaft and all associated components replaced by Freevalve’s PHEA tech. It allows the engine management system to have full control over each individual valve in terms of opening/closing position and timing throughout the whole combustion cycle.

In a statement, Koenigsegg described the tech as such: “could you imagine playing a piano with a both hands tied to the opposite ends of a broomstick? The ‘music’ produced would be quite unpleasant. Think of that piano as a car’s engine and the broomstick as a traditional camshaft. The arrival of Freevalve is like setting aside the broomstick and mastering the instrument by playing with individual fingers.”

Apart from greater control over the engine’s intake and exhaust valves, the tech offers other long-term benefits as well, particularly for the Chinese automaker. In the future, it will allow Qoros to deliver a powertrain that is smaller, lighter, more powerful but with enhanced fuel economy and at the same time with reduced emissions.

“We are both pleased and proud to have found such a willing industry partner as Qoros Auto to complete the transition of Freevalve’s PHEA technology from a working concept to a production application for passenger vehicles” said Urban Carlsson, CEO of Freevalve, in Beijing.

“We believe that one day in the very near future, the arrival of Freevalve PHEA technology will represent as big a transition, or bigger, than the move from carburetors to direct injection,” added Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of Koenigsegg and chairman of the board at Freevalve.