Earlier today, we ran a Countersteer roundup where one unfortunate reader accidentally let a shop towel get sucked into a turbo during a dyno pull. It was bad, catastrophically so. And then I got to see such a thing happen in action.
It’s a question that comes with a heavy connotation in the car world. If you can choose one way or another, it feels like picking sides in an age old debate. Do you want your increased engine horsepower to be linear and immediate, or efficient and a bit laggy? In an effort to prove which forced induction provides a…
Buick went against the traditional muscle car formula in the mid-1980s to create the muscle car that defined muscle cars for that era. Instead of the normal, big V8 in a mid-sized car, the 200-horsepower Grand National and later 276-horsepower GNX (Grand National Xperimental) made use of a turbocharged V6 with…
At this time of year you may find yourself hunting for some new or gently used car deals. And if you are reading this website, you more than likely would prefer your car to be fun. Here is a tip: buy a performance car with a naturally aspirated engine.
Oftentimes, you’ll hear terms like “boost threshold” and “turbo lag” get thrown around, sometimes mixed up and sometimes used as the same thing. They aren’t actually, and here’s the difference.
The beloved Mazda6, beautiful and elegantly styled as it is, needed a little more power in its currently generation. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder just didn’t give the car enough grunt. Now, it seems like Mazda’s flagship sedan will finally get some extra love in the form of a turbocharged engine.
By now everyone in the car world has at least a vague understanding that a turbocharger can efficiently boost power, using otherwise-wasted exhaust gas to force more air into an engine. But it’s still nice to get all of the technical piping and boost management devices mapped out, and it’s cool to see exactly how much…
A reader just sent me a link to what may be the single easiest and most entertaining way to learn how superchargers and turbochargers work. It’s a short and sweet webpage filled with crystal clear animations, pictures, descriptions and just general badass-ery. Check it out.
Formula 1 is a strange sport, strange enough that the number of engines in the cars themselves could be a matter of debate.
This is the first we’re hearing of the new, 420 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter Porsche 911 Carrera S with its optional, center-exit sports exhaust. And it sounds broken.
Here’s the new Ford GT on track and it sounds totally sick. I mean that both figuratively and literally.
In the 1980s, Lancia developed a supercharged and turbocharged (aka twincharged) engine for their midengine/AWD Delta S4 Group B rally car. The idea was the two compressors would eliminate any kind of lag in boost. It doesn’t look like it worked out that way.
Ford's Rallycross Fiestas use some of the most high-strung race engines in the world. Here's what it looks like when they shoot flames on the overrun.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had been running an investigation on 2011 to 2013 Ford F-150 pickups over acceleration issues with the 3.5 EcoBoost engine since May, but they've decided it can be sorted through standard service updates it doesn't need to be recalled.
Meet the ultimate gearhead in the making — Tyson, who can spot a turbo and he's just two.
OK, so that's some exhaust tubing, maybe an '80s Nissan shift lever, and then there's a couple of... and some... and then no floors or a dash, and the filter box near the window, and... wait, what?
Haven't you always wanted a fire-breathing jet engine to power your car/motorcycle/Vespa/skateboard? Of course. Here's a handy, step-by-step guide. Have fun, and don't burn the house down! —Ed.
When Spiro Pappas plants his foot in this, the sickest Camaro ever, the car doesn't run a 6-second quarter mile, but rather pulls a Chuck Norris and may actually spin the Earth backwards.
We had to reload this the first time it popped up, as we couldn't believe what our eyes were telling us. This serpentine piece of steel poetry is a 442 ci V8 sporting four independent turbochargers, all running through an intercooler. The entire system is modular and can be dropped into a drag-racing host as a single…
Instead of throwing all of its cash down the yawning maw of biofuel and hydrogen fuel cells, GM intends to get some quick fuel economy wins the smart way - with lower displacement and turbos. Automotive News (sorry, subscription required) is reporting GM will be following a strategy similar to Ford with its EcoBoost…