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How does a turbocharger work?

To understand how turbochargers work, it is first important to understand how engines work. Normal engines rely on atmospheric pressure to supply their fuel intake. A turbocharger, on the other hand, uses a turbine to expedite this process. By forcing more air (and thus fuel) into the engine (than would be possible if relying on atmospheric pressure alone), the turbocharger is able to “supercharge” the engine.

When would you need a turbocharger?

Turbochargers serve two purposes:
  1. Increase horsepower
  2. Improve fuel efficiency
Horsepower is increased by way of the turbocharger simply supplying more air to the engine (and thereby increasing the rate at which it burns fuel). Fuel efficiency, on the other hand, is improved as a result of how the turbocharger works. Turbochargers are able to reuse energy that would otherwise be wasted by a normal engine. This ensures that all fuel is burned before being vented out.
If you are looking to achieve any of the above, then a turbocharger is exactly what you need. Fortunately, TDot Performance stocks a wide range of premium turbochargers from premium brands like Edelbrock and aFe Power.