Decades of superior performance have established BorgWarner as a worldwide leader in modern turbo systems. From aftermarket customers to major automakers, BorgWarner’s products have long been trusted for their impressive efficiency as well as their proven durability. Audi, Ford, Volkswagen and Porsche are just a few of the global manufacturers who count on them to deliver the kind of experience their drivers demand. By recycling what would ordinarily be wasted energy from exhaust gases, these advanced turbo systems enable reduced emissions, without sacrificing power.
The BorgWarner Turbocharger of today achieves its robust results in similar fashion to those that were being produced over a half-century ago. These forced induction systems pre-compress air being sent to the engine, increasing overall airmass in the combustion chamber and thereby the amount of fuel being burned as well. By burning more fuel and air without adding heft through larger engine components, a more desirable power-to-weight ratio is achieved.
Although much of the core technology remains the same, BW turbos have evolved rapidly since the debut of the very first Schwitzer model decades earlier:
Recently, BW has driven the industry toward more compact solutions. Their regulated two-stage (R2S®) technology allows for consistent power and response while offering a more optimal hardware design, ensuring maximum flexibility for auto manufacturers as under-the-hood configurations become increasingly complex.
The roots of the BorgWarner turbo system trace back a century, to 1918 and the founding of the Schwitzer Company in Indianapolis. Schwitzer would introduce their first supercharger within a decade, eventually leading to collaboration with AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch, a Germany company which had already started development of their own turbochargers in 1952. This happened to be the same year Schwitzer’s own turbo system was first utilized in a Cummins racecar, when it became the only diesel-powered racer ever to win the pole at the Indy 500.
In 1998, BorgWarner would acquire a majority stake in AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch, resulting in the formation of 3K-Warner Turbo Systems; Schwitzer would be integrated a year later. Today, the company continues to market their products under the Schwitzer and 3K names as well as their own brand. Collectively, these systems enhance the capabilities of vehicles ranging from passenger cars to heavy fleet trucks, from hybrids and electrics to traditional combustion engine models.
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