The turbo charger on a car applies a very similar principle to a piston engine. When people talk about sports cars or race cars, the topic of turbo chargers normally comes up. Turbo chargers also appear on big diesel engines. A turbo can increase an engine’s horsepower greatly without considerably increasing its weight, which is a huge benefit – And that’s what makes turbos so popular!
What Exactly Are Turbos?
Turbos are formed by two dominant parts: a turbine and a compressor. These are linked so, when the one spins, the other spins with it. As fuel in the engine is burnt, exhaust gasses are pressed out of the engine at high pressure, down a snail-shaped tube to spin the turbine. This turbine spins at very high speeds and causes the compressor to spin as well. This blows considerably more air into the engine than a non-turbo unit, producing much more power.
Turbos run at great speeds, which mean they work under massive pressure and temperatures. Normally, an intercooler is paired with the turbocharger to cool the hot air coming out of it, and an oil cooling system guarantees the turbo itself doesn’t overheat.
Diesel cars, having tougher engine blocks and simpler intakes, are ideally suited to being turbocharged, so normally all diesels have them.
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