With a general trend towards raising emissions standards both domestically and internationally, the consensus among automotive executives over the past few years has been to prioritize fuel efficiency over performance.
Turbochargers are one of the most complex components of an automobile. Much mystery surrounds the turbocharger. It's somewhat of a “mechanical monster” to most people - even those folks that actually own a turbocharged engine. And that's somewhat surprising; after all, turbochargers are pretty slick pieces of machinery. They do totally cool things to an engine -- namely, provide more power output for a better overall driving experience.
You want the best for your car, right? If needed, you’ll put in the 89 or 93 octane fuel. You’re always on top of oil changes, and you regularly perform routine maintenance. When it comes to replacement parts, the same principle applies: given the choice of an average part and an exceptional one, superior quality and performance are preferable.
If your car’s current power output isn’t all it could be – or should be – you don’t have to be stuck in neutral forever. Most people have their car “turbocharged,” which gives added pep to any engine. What is a turbocharger? In the simplest sense, it’s a turbine-type device that forces air into the engine’s combustion chamber. With this added intake, there is a corresponding surge in overall power. We’ll look at the most common method of turbocharging in this blog.
Not satisfied with your engine’s performance? A supercharger offers a quick fix. Designed to supply increased air pressure (or, sometimes, air density) to an engine, superchargers achieve increased power through optimum fuel use with each engine cycle. Some stock engines aren’t designed for pulse-pounding speed – actually, the majority aren’t – so you’ll have to consider alternatives if you want the best possible power output.