Mechanically increasing engine air intake through either a turbocharger or supercharger is an easy and effective way to increase the combustion and, therefore, the power produced by an engine. Instead of the engine swallowing the surrounding air normally, it is forced through the intake manifold by mechanical means, thus allowing smaller engines to produce higher outputs.
The 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas provides a wonderful opportunity to admire existing vehicles from a different angle. Exhibit A: The harmless, fuel-efficient Mazda2 morphed into a pavement-searing little monster called the Mazda Turbo2.
These cars will look like the other 2013 Jettas and Beetles from the outside, but will get more horsepower and better fuel economy than their turbo counterparts.
TOKYO -- For average car buyers, the most important aspect of Honda Motor Co.'s return to Formula One racing, as an engine supplier to McLaren Automotive, could be its plans for downsized turbocharging. Honda is expected to roll out downsized turbocharging as its next step toward more fuel-efficient cars. Developing them for racing could boost its mass-market plans.
It’s a popular field, the niche market of the small SUV, and Kia enters it with the 2013 Sportage, a diminutive little hauler that starts out at $19,000 and rises to more than $30,000. There’s a lot of room in there for trim lines, options and the like, but suffice to say that the one we tried was the top-of-the-line SX, with the turbocharged engine. And therein lies its best attribute.
MAN Turbocharger China recently unveiled the first TCR12 turbocharger completely assembled at its Changzhou factory. This new development confirms MAN Diesel & Turbo's strategy of localizing its turbocharger production in China.
When people talk about race cars or high-performance sports cars, the topic of turbochargers usually comes up. Turbochargers also appear on large diesel engines. A turbo can significantly boost an engine's horsepower without significantly increasing its weight, which is the huge benefit that makes turbos so popular!