Patented Ignition Technology

Ambixtra (Pty) Ltd is an automotive technologies development company with a development centre in Johannesburg, South Africa and a business development office in Paris, France. The company was founded in 2008 and the shareholders comprise; Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria University, North West University, Sanlam Private Equity, Deon Smit and James Mackenzie. Ambixtra, together with North West University, has developed a suite of internationally patented intelligent electronic ignition technologies, namely; “Variable Spark Ignition” (VSI) & “Advanced Plasma Ignition” (API) for gasoline engines.

These intelligent ignition systems, solve the current ignition challenges associated to high pressure, lean combustion and increased EGR engine development strategies that are being introduced by the automotive original equipment manufactures (OEM’s) to meet global CO2 emission reduction targets. Ambixtra’s technologies have been presented at the IAV GmbH “Global Ignition Conference” in Berlin (November 2014) as well as the SIA “Low CO2 Spark Ignition Engine of the Future Conference” in Versailles Paris (May 2015). These intelligent ignition technologies have been successfully tested on a various engines at, AVL GmbH (Graz), Apojee SA (Clermont-Ferrand) and IAV GmbH (Chemnitz & Berlin). More importantly, the “Variable Spark Ignition” (VSI) system is completely compatible and adaptable to current engine architectures.

Due to this adaptability, on-site non-exclusive engine testing has already been successfully conducted at various European OEM’s.
The “Variable Spark Ignition” (VSI) system has been identified by an European OEM, as a technology for their next generation turbo charged, EGR engines which are being designed to meet the Euro 7, CO2 emission target of 95g/km in the year 2020. In order to meet this deadline Ambixtra is working with these OEM’s and their Tier 1 supplier partner, by following their “Technology Readiness Level” (TRL) process.