Per Gillbrand's very first sketch of the SVC engine.
Saab has developed an entirely new engine concept-Saab Variable Compression (SVC)-that radically cuts fuel consumption without impairing engine performance. Compared to a conventional engine, the SVC engine uses considerably more of the energy in the fuel.
The SVC concept, which has been developed by Saab's engine designers, features a unique system for varying the compression ratio, which makes it possible to cut fuel consumption without weakening performance. It also allows the engine to run on fuels of different types and of varying quality.
The SVC concept represents a leap forward in the development of the Otto engine and will provide a new platform for future engine development. The fact that the compression ratio is now a variable parameter opens vast new opportunities for more accurately controlling the work of the engine, therefore improving its efficiency.
The new engine concept will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, opening February 29,2000.