There are plenty of accessories you can add to your vehicle which increase or enhance the forced induction of air into your engine as part of the turbo charger process... delivering increased horsepower, better throttle response and an awesome engine sound.
Turbocharged induction... it's an oldie, but a goodie.
The concept of forced induction dates back to 1889, so it's quite a simple process at its core... let's explore with these FAQs:
How long ago was turbocharged induction invented?
The person given credit for inventing the concept of the turbocharged induction system is a Swiss engineer Dr Alfred Buchi, with work traceable back to 1889 and patents as far back as 1904. Dr Buchi created a fully working diesel engine with turbocharger in 1911.
How does turbocharged induction work?
A turbocharger is designed to increase the amount of compressed air into an engine. In simple terms, it's like blowing air onto a fire to make it flame up with more power.
What are the benefits of turbocharged induction?
Of course there is the increased horsepower, better throttle response and an awesome engine sound. But turbo charged induction is also incredibly popular because it's possible on really small engines, it doesn't add weight to the engine, and doesn't require additional fuel to make the process possible.
What are the disadvantages of turbocharged induction?
Turbochargers often suffer from lag, that is the delay between depressing the accelerator and power being delivered, however as modern technology develops this is becoming less of an issue as each year passes. They are also hot, regularly requiring extra oil to keep them cool - meaning they can be hungry for oil overall.
Are there different types of turbocharger?
Yes. Most turbocharged vehicles use just one turbocharger, known as single turbo. Some engines like many BMW models use a 'twin-turbo', which involves a smaller turbo lower for low revs and a bigger turbo for higher revs. Other engines run twin-turbochargers which are the same, also known as 'bi-turbo'. Twin-scroll turbochargers divide the exhaust gases to maintain air pressure regardless of the cylinder firing sequence. Geometry turbochargers effectively adapt to varying pressures, delivering less lag and smoother power.