Note: FreeValve AB is a sister company, but a separate company, to Koenigsegg Automotive AB. The FreeValve AB laboratory is located within the headquarters of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.

25 April, 2016

Ängelholm, Sweden – FreeValve AB is pleased to announce its partnership with Qoros Auto, a company based in Changshu, China, for the continued development of FreeValve’s Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator (PHEA) technology for consumer vehicle applications in Qoros vehicles.

Qoros today unveiled a concept car at the Beijing Motor Show showcasing a new Qoros ‘Qamfree’ engine. The camshaft and associated hardware has been replaced by FreeValve’s PHEA technology, which allows far greater control over the engine’s intake and exhaust valves. FreeValve technology will allow Qoros to deliver a powertrain in future vehicles that is smaller, lighter, more powerful but with greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

The Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator at the heart of FreeValve technology replaces traditional camshaft technology and allows the engine management system to have full control over each individual valve. Where camshaft technology has always been limited to the relationship between the valves and the camshaft position, FreeValve allows independent control over every valve’s precise opening/closing position and timing throughout the whole combustion cycle. The result is a disruptive technology that allows an unprecedented degree of control – the kind of freedom that engine designers could previously only dream about.

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.

Such is the leap in engine technology that FreeValve’s PHEA technology represents.

IMG_2336Urban Carlsson, CEO of FreeValve and Christian von Koenigsegg, Chairman of the Board at FreeValve and CEO of Koenigsegg Automotive, were present at Beijing for the announcement and the unveiling of the Qamfree concept car.

“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.

Christian von Koenigsegg continued: “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.”



About FreeValve AB

FreeValve AB is a Swedish technology company and sister company to Koenigsegg Automotive AB that develops state of the art, next-generation components and solutions for internal combustion engines. FreeValve began development of its technology in 2000 and its sixth generation actuator technology represents over a decade of testing and development both in the lab and on test vehicles driven in real world conditions.

About Qoros Auto
Established in December 2007 and headquartered in Changshu, Jiangsu (also its manufacturing base), Qoros Auto has an initial annual capacity of 150,000 autos and maximum annual capacity of 300,000. With its operation center in Shanghai, Qoros Auto has established design centers, technical centers and engineering R&D centers in both Munich, Germany and Shanghai, China, which are made up of top designer and engineer teams from all over the world.

At present, Qoros Auto has four major models: the Qoros 3 Sedan, Qoros 3 Hatchback, Qoros 3 City SUV and Qoros 5 SUV. Qoros also unveiled the Qoros 3 Q·LECTRIQ EV concept car at the Beijing Motor Show with plans for release in 2017.


  1. Comment by George Lekkas

    George Lekkas April 27, 2016 at 05:36

    Excellent news!

  2. Comment by Wizeguy75

    Wizeguy75 April 27, 2016 at 06:48

    Urban and Christian looks like two real scientists. Excellent work, gentlemen!

  3. Comment by David

    David April 27, 2016 at 13:34

    Great! No more camshafts, rocker arms and pushrods. No more camshaft to valve lash adjustment failure. I want this heads on my camaro 🙂

  4. Comment by Henrik v/d Heuvel

    Henrik v/d Heuvel April 27, 2016 at 15:20

    Congratulations! I am very happy to see this idea finally applied in a vehicle. I’m very curious on what the results will be on the first engines! Are the PHEA’s in this engine only used for optimized inlet/outlet valve-timing for combustion? Or is also used for air pumping for example?

  5. Comment by Cesar

    Cesar April 27, 2016 at 17:19

    I am glad you find a partner that will put this technology in a mass production car. I have a little question, why you don´t try to put this in a Koenigsegg first? After all if it can increase power without increasing consumption/pollution it will be insane to fit it in the twin-turbo V8.

    • Comment by Wiktor

      Wiktor April 28, 2016 at 07:00

      I Think that it would be to big risk to make to rush this sollution to Ragera. Ragera has already too much new things for the time it is developed. I hope next generation of Ragera will have FreeValve, and it can have more low end torque (so it will be easier to keep battery charged).

    • Comment by Carter

      Carter April 28, 2016 at 07:57

      Thats a great point. I’d like to know as well.

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade April 28, 2016 at 12:20

      I’m sure it’s something under consideration for our cars in due course.

      But for now…. FreeValve is a business looking to create revenues that will recoup 15+ years of investment. You don’t get to do that with just 15 cars per year, so the priority has been mass production.

  6. Comment by Dr. Igor

    Dr. Igor April 29, 2016 at 04:57

    Finally a logical evolution that is simple to simplify without dogmas!

  7. Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

    Nimalan Rajagopalan April 29, 2016 at 09:02

    Hey Mr. Wade!

    Glad to finally see such revolutionary technology in a consumer-based car! It should indeed start a revolution in the automobile industry just like Mr. von Koenigsegg mentioned! One small invention for FreeValve, one giant leap for the Automobile industry!:)

    If the PHEA technology is procured and priced right, nearly every automobile that has it should gain a massive advantage over cars with fuel injection or carburetors. I guess the advantages include no heat produced through friction and no loss of engine power? And I wonder what the response will be from other car manufacturers when they take proper notice of this astounding piece of technology? Most likely, what happened when V-TEC became a thing will happen again, if I estimate correctly. 😛

    Also, a big round of applause to Qoros Auto to have helped FreeValve introduce PHEA technology to the market! I also wish them well to get the Qamfree concept on it’s way to production soon!

    Hoping to see PHEA tech on a Koenigsegg,
    Nimalan S. R.

  8. Comment by Serge Gagnon

    Serge Gagnon April 30, 2016 at 03:49

    Great News … Whit a computer selector board, You choice a mod : Econo- Drive, Écolo Dr, , Performance Dr., Traffic Dr., Remork- Torke Dr. and others. The way to produce 50 to 175 Hp
    per cylinder is now a reality. A minimum … is now the directive approach and first goal for the mechanical – ing. Toyota in the past have stopped the potentiel of the Variable-Valve, Today you re-open the way of the PHEA and the success will come …. Félicitation, Bravo …..
    Serge Gagnon Qc. Canada

  9. Comment by Joakim Loch

    Joakim Loch May 3, 2016 at 12:26

    This type of idea i came up with when i worked on SAAB motors in 1997 but i cant give proof of that so i rest my case . Good job to evolve it into funktioning motor.

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