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How a Turbo Works Details and Principles of Design

Posted by Andy Taylor on

How a turbo works is down to the principles of design which we will now explain in this detailled and efficient explanation: A turbocharger consists of a turbine and a compressor linked by a shared axis. The turbine inlet receives exhaust gases from the engine exhaust manifold causing the turbine wheel to rotate. This rotation drives the compressor, compressing ambient air and delivering it to the air intake of the engine.  The objective of a turbocharger is to improve upon the size-to-output efficiency of an engine by solving for one of its cardinal limitations. A naturally aspirated car engine uses...

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Pimp your turbo - 5 Easy ways to maximise the power and performance of your turbocharged car

Posted by Myles Doncaster on

Pimp your turbo - 5 Easy ways to maximise the power and performance of your turbocharged car

How to get more out of a vehicle’s engine is always at the centre of the true performance enthusiast’s thinking. Whilst there are many ways to measure vehicle performance, in the world of the petrol-head – BHP is the undisputed king! Thankfully, if your current turbocharged car isn’t satisfying your need for speed, there are plenty of things you can do to remedy it! In this guide, we look at 5 relatively easy methods you can use to drive the BHP up, and maximise engine performance. 1. Replacing the air filter One of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to improve...

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What is a Turbo Actuator?

Posted by Myles Doncaster on

What is a turbo actuator? Do I need one on my car? Turbochargers can be confusing – there are loads of different components, and if you’re planning on tuning your vehicle, you need to know how all the different bits and pieces work! This month, we’re looking at the turbo actuator (also known as a wastegate actuator), showing you what it is, what it does, and why you need one, before looking at when you might need to consider upgrading and fitting a new one. What does a wastegate actuator do? The turbo actuator does a simple but vital job...

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The Pursuit of Power - ECU Remapping vs Tuning Box

Posted by Myles Doncaster on

Customers often come to our sister company, AET Motorsport, looking to improve the performance and economy of their vehicles, and they’re always being asked about the differences between tuning boxes and ECU remaps. Usually, customers want to know which is going to deliver the biggest improvements to performance/economy, and which is the safest option for their car. In this post, we take a look at the issue in detail, looking at the cost, performance and safety of both options. How remapping works An ECU reflash or remap works by altering the software inside the ECU – a vehicle’s on board computer...

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Turbo tech 101: What is turbo lag?

Posted by Myles Doncaster on

Once, turbo-lag was seen as an inherent downside of turbocharging, and an inevitable compromise you had to face when choosing a turbo car. Now, with the meteoric rise in popularity of the turbo - things are changing quickly. In this post, we’re taking a look at turbo lag, explaining what it is, why it happens, and what manufacturers are doing to eliminate it in the near future. What is turbo lag? Turbo lag is the hesitation or slowed throttle response you experience when driving a turbocharged vehicle, before the turbocharger starts to kick in and provide extra power to your...

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