Today, variable valve timing (VVT), is the next step, to enhance engine output.

As you know, your valves are what, activates the breathing of the engine.

Consequently, it’s the shape and angle of the camshafts, that control the timing of the breathing.

So, to optimize the breathing, engines require, different valve timing, at different speeds.

Therefore, with variable valve timing (VVT), power and torque can be optimized, across a wider (RPM) band.

So, when the (RPM) increases, the duration of intake and exhaust stroke, decreases. This allows the fresh air to come in slower. In turn, slowing down the exhaust air as well. Therefore, the best solution is to, open the inlet valves earlier, and close the exhaust valves later.

In other words, as the (RPM) increases, the overlapping, between intake period and exhaust period, should increase.

Without (VVT) technology, engineers used to choose, the best compromise timing. For example, a van may adopt less overlapping, for the benefits of low speed output. Where as, a racing engine may adopt, considerable overlapping, for high speed power. An ordinary sedan, may adopt valve timing, optimized for midrange speed. That way, both the low speed drivability and high speed output, will not be sacrificed. No matter which one, the result is just optimized for a particular speed.

With (VVT) The most noticeable results are:

  • The engine can rev higher, thus raises peak power.
  • Low speed torque increases, thus improves drivability.

And, all these benefits come, without any drawback.

Variable Lift

In some designs, valve lift can also be varied, according to engine speed. At high speed, higher lift, quickens air intake and exhaust. As a result, further optimizing the breathing with, variable valve timing (VVT). Of course, at lower speed, such lift will generate counter effects. Consequently, deteriorating the mixing process of fuel and air. Consequently, decreasing output and leading to misfires. Therefore, the lift should be variable, according to engine speed.

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