Ford engineer patents engine with one turbo per cylinder

Car and Driver magazine claims that longtime Blue Oval engine designer Jim Clarke has a million dollar idea that could save the internal combustion engine (or at least prolong its life) by extracting even more horsepower out of a smaller engine block.

The concept alters a turbocharged engine in two ways: by using two individual throttle bodies per cylinder (one per intake port) placed right next to the cylinder head to get air into the cylinders more quickly and by placing individual turbochargers as close as possible to the exhaust port of each cylinder.

That means the engine would operate with one turbocharger per cylinder. It might sound like a recipe for sickening amounts of horsepower, but in this case it’s used to get boosted air into the engine more quickly. In order to fit all that under one hood, the turbochargers must be about 20% smaller in size than a conventional spool. A smaller turbo also has less rotating inertia, further speeding up the boosting process.

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