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The engineers at INA were the pioneers in the market niche for low-maintenance valve trains in high-speed internal combustion engines – with direct valve activation by means of hydraulic tappets. Our new concept passed its first test in 1974 when it was adopted by Mercedes Benz for volume usage in the 8-cylinder engines for its luxury class vehicles – not least because of the significantly lower exhaust emissions from the lash-free valve train. At the same time, Porsche proved in preproduction tests in a racing car (917) that very high speeds could be achieved with our valve trains.
Advantages of automatic valve lash adjustment: