Current Formula One cars supposedly produce around 900 horsepower with 1.6-liter turbo V6s assisted by hybrid drive. Back in 1983 Renault made similar power with a turbocharged 1.5 liter V6 alone.
The Alfa Romeo 4C’s almost-1750cc engine is an absolutely amazing motor, wild and loud and immediate. But thanks to the tricks of modern turbocharging, it doesn’t exactly offer the fuel economy you’d expect. And I figured all of this out in the middle of nowhere, with 30 miles of canyon road between me and the next…
If you own a new sports car — let’s say you have a Nissan 370Z — how much power would you make from a twin turbo kit, and how hard would it be?
Modern turbocharging is all about smoothness of delivery, of hiding the fact that a turbocharged engine is turbocharged. What about the old school iterations of the tech?
F1 is switching to turbocharged 1.6-liter engines next season, and you kind of expect they'll be pretty similar to the 1.6-liter turbocharged engines in ordinary family cars nowadays. Not even close.
In 1988, Maserati took a page from the Honda handbook and added a small Si badge to the end of the Biturbo name.
The Malaise Era was followed by the Turbo Era, and nobody got more into the entire Turbo Way Of Life™ than the Mitsubishi team responsible for the Starion. Even as it prepares for crushing, this '88 radiates turbo-osity!
The small-block Chevrolet engine has proven to be one of the least reliable engines in 24 Hours of LeMons racing, but there's one that's even worse: the Nissan L28. Some teams see that as a challenge!
The Türbö Schnitzel XR4Ti has competed in several LeMons events here in South Carolina, with predictable results each time: KABOOM! Obviously, an XR4Ti must have a turbocharged Ford engine, but there's no law that says it can't be a V8!
What came after the Malaise Era? The Turbo Era, of course! In 1986, when your car had a turbocharger under the hood, you wanted the world to know it. This was the philosophy behind the Starion/Conquest.
I see a red door and I want it painted black. No colors any more; I want them to turn black. I see the girls drive by in their murdered-out, V12-powered Mercedes-Benz E-Class and... no, wait, it's already black. Done!
Twin-turbocharging your V8 doesn't have to be difficult… provided you choose the right vehicle.
In the final year of the Malaise Era, American car shoppers were still steamed about those muscle cars that were "legislated off the highways" (under pinko socialist Richard Nixon's watch). Then, from socialist Sweden, came the 240 Turbo!
Back in 1986, car shoppers looking to buy a hot European sedan didn't necessarily head straight to their nearest BMW dealership for a 325i. No, some of them bought Peugeot 505 Turbos!
In the mid-80s, there was no word more magical in automotive-marketing circles than TURBO! In the '84 2000's case, the turbo "pumps in huge quantities of air… and pumps out one hundred fifty horsepower."