The "Roller" version of Pattakon VVA on
the intake and the exhaust valves of a Honda B16A2, 1600cc, 16-valve
the control shafts (blue) at a low-lift mode,
the control shafts at a medium-lift mode,
the control shafts at a high-lift mode.
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The control shafts are directly connected to
the gas pedal by the gas cable. The deeper the gas pedal is pressed, the more
the control shafts rotate increasing the valve stroke. When the gas pedal is
released the normal valve springs restore the control shafts to their "idling"
Depending on the control shafts angular position the valve
lift profile varies continuously from zero (for valve deactivation if
desirable), to tiny (for idling), to mild, to medium, to racing (top curve), all
in the same engine, all instantly available:
The Low rpm (green) Valve Lift profile is different for the two intake valves of the same cylinder of the original VTEC engine (similarly for the two exhaust valves of
The blue curves are only few - of the infinite available - valve
lift profiles the "pattakon VVA roller version" provides.
The quick moving
parts are lightweight: the original Honda rocker arm assembly weighs 0.26 Kp
while the complete rocker arm of the Pattakon VVA (the two rollers included) is
less than 0.15 Kp.
Even with the toughest valve springs, the engine at
normal conditions (i.e. low to medium revs) "feels" (as regards friction, wear
etc) by far softer springs.
The conventional throttle valve is not
necessary any longer: the intake valves make the "throttling" (ideal for
efficient and cheap ITB).