Popular science magazine….. Popular Science Magazine, has named FreeValve as their Grand Award Winner in their 10 Greatest Automotive Innovations of 2016.


FreeValve is a new mechanical architecture that replaces the traditional way of operating engine valves via a camshaft with Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric Actuators (PHEA).

The FreeValve concept, also known as fully variable valve actuation, offers the unique ability to have independent control of the intake and exhaust valves in an internal combustion engine. The timing of intake and exhaust can be independently programmed for any engine load criteria. The system can then “decide” which program to use based on driving conditions in order to maximize performance or minimize fuel consumption and emissions. Such flexibility allows a far greater degree of control over the engine, which in turn provides significant performance benefits.

PopSci’s comments:

For more than a century, the internal combustion engine has relied on the ungainly camshaft. This spinning rod with variable lobes sits atop the engine, where it opens and closes intake and exhaust valves during the combustion cycle. But the camshaft has a limited range of motion, so its control over the valves is imprecise. This is the root of engine inefficiency….. Cams, may you rest in peace.

You can read the full list of award winners at Popular Science Magazine’s website.

FreeValve and Koenigsegg are very excited about the future of this technology, which made its production-spec debut in a Qoros concept car at this year’s Beijing Motor Show. FreeValve is now working with Qoros on the application of the technology in a production vehicle.

Projects are ongoing with a number of OEMs for possible implementation in both heavy vehicle and passenger vehicle applications.

FreeValve is a sister company to Koenigsegg Automotive AB, working from a laboratory at the Koenigsegg facility in Ängelholm, Sweden.


  1. Comment by Bryce Arnold

    Bryce Arnold October 21, 2016 at 12:28

    Great article Mr. Wade, the opening lines cracked me up really good 🙂 Let’s see what the future holds for combustion engines.

  2. Comment by Philippe

    Philippe October 21, 2016 at 13:03

    But will there be Koenigseggs that run on a camless engines?

    • Comment by JLX27

      JLX27 October 22, 2016 at 04:14

      He did mention the company is “getting ready for fruition” but he hasn’t said anything on when or how he would apply the engine in any of the cars.

  3. Comment by Nimalan S. R.

    Nimalan S. R. October 23, 2016 at 12:00

    Hey Mr. Wade!

    My hearty congratulations to Mr. Carlsson and Mr. von Koenigsegg on achieving this prestigious award! They both worked hard to achieve this milestone from the time they first invented the PHEA and then manged to implement this astounding piece of technology into a production car like the Qoros Qamfree!

    Stuff like this is sure to cause a revolution in the Automotive industry and to quote Mr. von Koenigsegg, “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.” I very much believe that any car has everything to gain and nearly nothing to lose in implementing such a system and as I noticed on the popsci website, 250 HP in a normal, mainstream straight-4 car engine, minus a turbo, which sounds pretty frickin’ cool! I think the only opposition this system might[emphasis on might] face is from Automotive purists who may want to stick with traditional camshafts instead. I’m crossing my fingers in hope of that NOT happening though!

    It would really excite me to see the PHEAs debut on a Koenigsegg as well Mr. Wade! Maybe Mr. von Koenigsegg is thinking of doing so? If so, do let us know!

    Hoping for more news,
    Nimalan S. R.

    P.S.:- I couldn’t help but notice Mr. Wade, that in 6th place on the popsci website was
    the carbon fibre wheels of the Shelby GT350R. Shouldn’t those on a Regera be the true deservers of that place?

  4. Comment by Michael B

    Michael B October 25, 2016 at 00:54

    Have you guys heard about drivetribe.com? I think that Mr. Wade should lead a Koenigsegg tribe

  5. Comment by Christopher Catto

    Christopher Catto October 27, 2016 at 07:08

    Congratulations. Hope to see it to fruition in one of the next engines.

  6. Comment by Chris

    Chris October 27, 2016 at 14:20

    I love to see innovations like this,
    It’s like re inventing the wheel.
    And all it takes is someone to step
    out of the box and take a chance.

  7. Comment by Chambani Lisulo

    Chambani Lisulo November 1, 2016 at 01:08

    Congratulations on your award .This is is the short future to come.

  8. Comment by Dennis

    Dennis November 2, 2016 at 00:41

    This engine needs to be required for all the hundreds of thousands of pick up trucks sold in the USA. What a change that could make. Congrat’s on the award, looking forward to seeing the Freevalve in the USA.

  9. Comment by Tommy

    Tommy November 10, 2016 at 14:10

    All well and good. But we would like actually see a real car on the road using this technology. Go!

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