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YAN Engines is a winner of the Holt Ventures and Caterpillar Ventures Pitch Competition at SXSW 2017!

YAN Engines’ CEO, Lu Yan, pitched to a panel of judges from South By Southwest Industrial Technology Pitch Competition on March 14 hosted by Holt Ventures, Caterpillar Ventures, Brick & Mortar Ventures, and Cottonwood Technology Fund. Out of over 60 applicants and 5 finalists, we were awarded as the winner in the Advanced Seed Stage.

This is our second major award at the SXSW conference. Congrats to our team!

Click through below for a short video excerpt from the Caterpillar and Holt Ventures Industrial Technology Pitch Competition.


Ricardo Quarterly Features Details on Yan Engines Collaboration

In their most recent quarterly magazine, Ricardo has published a piece entitled “Development of the YAN Engines high-efficiency D-Cycle engine concept”. Ricardo provided crucial support in advanced simulation and optimization as well as technical guidance and expertise. Click here to view the article and here for more Ricardo Quarterly issues.


Design Finalized for Ford Ecoboost Modification to D-Cycle

Ecoboost Engine build

Yan Engines announced today that it has finalized and frozen its design for a prototype in the passenger vehicle segment.  The Differential Stroke-Cycle (D-Cycle) modification to a Ford Ecoboost 1.0L engine marks the first of its kind for a modern, mass produced engine.

The 1.0L Ecoboost is one of the most advanced, fuel efficient engines in the world, winning International Engine of the Year every year since it was first produced in 2012.  “We challenged ourselves to improve upon the best and expect gains that can’t go unnoticed,” said Lu Yan, CEO and one of the founders of Yan Engines.  “Our collaboration with Ricardo shows we should achieve close to an additional 20% fuel efficiency from our retrofit with the potential to reach 30% if we implemented some of our next generation technologies like our continuously variable electronic D-Cycle.”

This development work has resulted in an additional two patent filings and a new execution of the mechanism that adds robustness, ease of manufacturing and the capability to integrate future generations of the D-Cycle.