This is a pretty incredible development.
An outfit in England has designed and built working engines with completely functional valve trains that are completely independent of the crankshaft, are
independently infinitely variable, electronically controlled by electric motors and can be retrofitted to any engine they claim.
What this entails is pretty technical but the possible combinations of the valve timing available can modify the actual firing order of an engine to the point that it can actually turn a 4 stroke engine into a 2 stroke for brief periods to enable instant power for acceleration, turn cylinders on and off independently for fuel economy or turn a little fuel sipping four cylinder engine into a monster.
The possibilities here are virtually endless.
When the racing people get their hands on this it is going to revolutionize motorsports forever. Stick a blower or a turbo on this and you will really have something.
Imagine retrofitting this system into a typical Chevrolet based Hot Rod.
You could potentially use this to putt putt around while cruising to save fuel and with the simple smash of the gas pedal, use wire to wire throttle control sensors and go to full on Gasser Rat Rod mode in the blink of an eye.
The one downside of their prototypes I see is the total height of the cylinder head.
This is the link to the New Atlas article announcing this innovation.
I will tell you up front that it is a fairly long read for most people used to short articles on the internet but I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading it because it explains exactly what this system is capable of and it is quite frankly, mind blowing.
They also have a short video here,
A buddy of mine told me about this a month ago but I just got the New Atlas article in an Email blast yesterday.
Yes, I am on their mailing list. They have some amazing articles.