If you’re reading this Blog, chances are you’re always looking for ways to increase the performance of your ride. Unfortunately, $4 a gallon gas has made us much more selective when choosing our performance mods. However, there could be a solution.
When looking for ways to increase horsepower, most muscle car guys look toward superchargers, nitrous or other engine upgrades (heads, intake, carb, exhaust). Nitrous is a great way to boost power without affecting the gas mileage of you car, but it has to be turned on when you want it and refilling the bottle can be a hassle. Superchargers are a great way boost power, but being belt-driven, they take power from the motor to spin.
Turbocharging could be the answer. The Sport Compact cars have known about this for years. A turbocharged 4-cylinder can put down nearly 300hp, while achieving 30+ MPG on the highway. Just imagine what could be done with a good, American V8?
A turbocharger consists of a turbine and a compressor linked by a shared axle. The turbine inlet receives exhaust gases from the engine causing the turbine wheel to rotate. Like a supercharger, this rotation drives the compressor, sucking in ambient air and delivering it to the engine, resulting in a greater amount of the air entering the cylinder. Since a turbo runs off of exhaust gasses, it does not require power from the motor to turn it, resulting in a highly efficient source of horsepower.
STS Turbo has released a twin-turbo kit for the C6 Chevy Corvette. The STS system is a remote mounted, intercooled turbo kit that replaces the factory mufflers with two turbos. Horsepower jumps from 400 to 626 with the STS kit.
The STS Corvette Turbo kit is a testament to how efficient turbocharging can be. Not only has power jumped by more than 200hp, but also gas mileage was also significantly improved from an estimated 25 mpg highway to an amazing 40 mpg.
Owners who are looking for more power from their Mustang, Truck, SUV, Corvette and even the new Dodge Challenger, should looking into a turbocharging.