Former Ford engineer, Jim Clarke, has filed a patent for the installation of an individual turbocharger for each cylinder of an internal combustion engine. Yes, going by this concept, that’s one turbo per cylinder, which means a typical four-banger will get four turbochargers.

This setup would require two throttle bodies and smaller turbos, which spool much faster. The small packaging also means that it can be installed very closely to the exhaust valves, thereby providing near instant boost. Clarke also went as far as to say that this setup could potentially eliminate turbo lag.

According to Car and Driver, Clarke’s turbocharged engine design remains theoretical at this point, as there has not been a prototype built. During his tenure at Ford, Clarke was responsible for developing the modular V8 and Duratec V6. He also partnered with Dick Fotsch, who was the former engine divisions president of Navistar and Kohler.

This, along with Koenigsegg’s camless engine and Mazda’s Skyactiv-X venture, could be proof that the days of the internal combustion engine is far from over.