During the 1980s, the first large wave of vehicle turbocharging hit the showrooms. Turbochargers were found in anything from grocery-carrying Chrysler K-car station wagons to high-end Porsche sports cars. Over time it has become a necessity. The truth is that a turbocharger may boost on-demand performance in an otherwise frugal engine. Turbocharged engines are becoming increasingly popular as consumers seek greater horsepower while also getting better fuel economy.
- The turbocharger fits between the engine and the exhaust and redirects energy that would otherwise be wasted out of the tailpipe.
- Two finned wheels spin together on a shared shaft inside the turbocharger.
- The power of the exhaust is captured by the hot side turbine wheel.
- The energy captured by the turbine wheel is used to drive air back into the engine via the cold side compressor wheel.
- The engine can produce greater power because the compressed air pushed into the combustion chambers includes more oxygen.
- When the driver does not require more power, the turbo spins along for the ride, allowing the engine to run more efficiently.
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