How a turbocharger is made

Turbocharging is the single most popular method for adding brute power to an engine, but this video shows the manufacturing of a turbocharger is anything but brutal. Instead, the process combines precision machining with ancient methods of metal shaping. » 12/09/11 4:00pm 12/09/11 4:00pm

Will BMW's electric turbocharger end turbo lag?

Yes, apparently there is a replacement for displacement. If recently-uncovered patent filings are correct, BMW is working on an electrically-assisted turbocharger that combines a traditional turbo with an electric motor-generator. If it works, the system will let smaller engines produce more power, while performing… » 11/02/11 12:00pm 11/02/11 12:00pm

A Supercharger, A Turbocharger And A 430 HP Ariel Atom

We like nothing better than to see technology originally developed to save polar bears perverted for the purposes of performance. Such is the case with the DDMworks Ariel Atom and its twincharged engine. » 1/26/10 4:30pm 1/26/10 4:30pm

How Does Turbocharging Work?

Touted as a way for small, efficient engines to produce big power, turbochargers are thankfully making a comeback. But how exactly do they work? Popular Mechanics explains with a horribly-colored graphic. [Popular Mechanics] » 2/26/09 3:00pm 2/26/09 3:00pm

Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

We're not sure what makes this vintage Volkswagen more terrifying, the turbocharged V8 engine or the unconventional (for a Bug) engine placement. Either way, this car fulfills a few dreams and, likely, a few nightmares. » 12/27/08 2:00pm 12/27/08 2:00pm

FIA Confirms S2000 Spec-Based Future For WRC

Interested in maintaining teams and competition in a bad economy, the FIA will move the World Rally Championship to a Super 2000 Spec car with optional control turbochargers in 2010. » 12/12/08 2:30pm 12/12/08 2:30pm

1980 Toyota Corolla Somewhat Repowered With BMW I6

It's a little known fact that one of us Jalops spent the better part of our youth traipsing around the country in the back of a 1980 Toyota Corolla without so much as a radio installed. That first parental Corolla turned out to be a gateway Toyota and was followed by an unbroken chain of Corollas extending to this… » 2/26/08 1:30pm 2/26/08 1:30pm

SEMA 2007: APS Twin-Turbos The C6 ZO6 LS7 Engine

The folks over at Air Power Systems decided the 505 horses of stock output from the Z06's LS7 engine just wasn't enough for them. So the turbo-lovin' young punks took the stock engine and developed themselves a twin turbocharger kit, which they claim brings the engine's output up to an amazing 1100 rear-wheel HP. Nice… » 11/05/07 11:00am 11/05/07 11:00am

Dad's Turbo Dodge Caravan

From the 800-dollar turbocharged minivan department comes this 1989 Dodge Caravan SE with genuine simulated woodgrain trim. Along with doing toasty burnouts, the minivan has run the quarter mile in 12.65 seconds at Route 66 Dragway thanks to a set of slicks and 24 pounds of boost pushing through the stock 140K plus… » 9/07/07 3:00pm 9/07/07 3:00pm

Doug Levin Motorsports TT Murcielago Roadster

The TT means twin turbo. Right — dual turbines atop the Lamborghini Murciélago's already potent quad-cam V12. It's the handiwork of Doug Levin Motorsports, best known as a fitter of superchargers for the Dodge Viper. One poster on Lamborghini Talk says the tuner Lambo has the mannerisms and driveability of a regular… » 9/04/07 12:30pm 9/04/07 12:30pm

Banks Sets the Record Straight

As the last chunks of salt are chipped off the race cars there is a post speed week battle forming. The SPAL Ford Powerstroke Rocket Ranger team is claiming the title of World's Fastest Diesel Pickup Truck. Gale Banks says this simply isn't true, stating that the Banks Engineering Cummins-powered Dodge Dakota » 8/31/07 5:00pm 8/31/07 5:00pm

Free Disneyland Trip with Supercharger Install

Nissan owners will be happy to know the Stillen company of Costa Mesa, California is offering a free trip to Disneyland with the purchase and installation of a supercharger system. The trip includes two days at the park and two nights at the hotel while the Stillen crew wrenches a gas huffer onto your VQ. Free vehicle… » 8/27/07 7:00pm 8/27/07 7:00pm

Yeah Dude, It's A Twin Turbo Lamborghini Jalpa


You want to talk ultimate sleeper? Some brilliant hoon decided the limp 255 hp produced by the transverse-mounted, 3.5-liter V8 in his Lamborghini Jalpa just wasn't good enough. (And he ain't buying no stinking Gallardo, neither.) That left him with only two options, both of which happened to be turbochargers… » 8/03/07 1:45pm 8/03/07 1:45pm

Heavily Tweaked Lada

English Russia once again comes through with evidence of capitalism's impact on the former Soviet Union. East, meet west. West, meet East. Now add turbochargers and scissor doors. The yikes factor is strong with this one; it's even got a head-up display! We have to admit, we're not entirely sure about the styling but… » 8/01/07 5:00pm 8/01/07 5:00pm

Luxurious Starion Burgundy

What the Mitsubishi Starion ever had to do with Gallo-Romans or Pinot Noir grapes we don't really know. What we do know is that the burgundy interior is low on the list of desired Starion features among those lusting after the turbo speciality sports coupe. This guy found good use for a velour burgundy interior… » 7/11/07 6:15pm 7/11/07 6:15pm

LeBaron Turbo: Luxury and Performance

From the faded luxury sleeper department comes this Chrysler Lebaron turbo. Grandma picked up the turbo K-car off the showroom floor and passed it on to this guy, who installed a manual boost controller along with an exhaust and brought it out to the track. Running 20 pounds of boost the turbo K clicked off the… » 4/03/07 2:00pm 4/03/07 2:00pm

Millions of Turbos Can't Be Wrong


SEMA reports via BorgWarner statistics that the number of direct-injected turbocharged gasoline engines is expected to keep growing, up to over two million engines by 2011. The good lot of this growth will occur in Europe, while China, Japan, and North America will also experience an increasing number of underhood… » 3/23/07 4:45pm 3/23/07 4:45pm

Seven Second Starlets


From the giant turbo bolted to a rotary engine and stuffed into a small rear-wheel drive car department comes this video of two heavily modified Toyota Starlets tossing it up out on the drag strip. The red Starlet in this video is also known as La Atrevida. Under its hood is a 1995 Mazda 13B rotary that packs just… » 3/15/07 3:30pm 3/15/07 3:30pm

Thar She Blows! Twin-Turbo Moby Dick Porsche 935

With 750+ horsepower cracking from a flat-six thanks to creative use of turbocharging and Bosch mechanical injection, the Porsche 935 represents the apex of crazed eighties IMSA Group 5 twin-turbo gas huffing mayhem. The Porsche brain trust produced many variants of the 935 six-banger in answer to the ever changing… » 3/02/07 3:30pm 3/02/07 3:30pm