What you REALLY want to know is how the HP/torque figures are affected when the only addition is the Smart Valves, either to the stock setup or with all the above mods.[quote/]
I also would like to see the improvements under more comparable engine configuration.
It just seems to simple but, then again somtime the simple solution often gets overlooked.
Cadillac offered a solenoid controlled valve setup in the early 80's. It was their much ballyhooed 8-6-4 system. The car would start off firing 8 cylinders and as speed increase solenoids would force the valves into the open position and it would hit on 6 cylinders, then when cruise was established it turned into a 4 banger. Good idea on paper but the concept sucked in practice. A friend of mine's mom had one. It was an expensive piece of golly-gee whiz-bang crap.Maj said:I can see how that design could yield performance improvements - especially like Hippo mentioned with the use of high overlap cam profiles. My concern would be longevity. The floating seat is quite thin and subject to wear, misalignment and carbon deposits - any of which would cause leaks or defeat the operation/benefits of the valve.
I can remember reading an article in Popular Science, jeez, musta been around 30 years ago, about solenoid controlled valves.