02-19-2012, 06:56 AM
If they can solve the reliability issues with this setup, I expect it to be much more efficient, and a big step forward for the internal combustion engine.
I'm sure some people wonder how a ton of electronics, which will require a lot of electricity to run, offer more efficiency than a simpler mechanical solution. Although attached, they will run off of electricity, not off of the spinning motion of the engine. Especially in a huge V8, removing the cams and shortening chains should greatly increase efficiency. A larger alternator will most definitely be needed, along with a stronger electrical system in general. However, loss from turning a larger alternator is much less than the loss from turning tens of pounds of cam and chain.
Same reason power steering setups are going electric instead of hydraulic.