Thread: Why turbo over supercharged
03-02-2008, 02:50 AM #1
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Why turbo over supercharged
What is the latest craze with the turbochargers over the supercharged???? To save the cost. I am alil confused on this subject. You get more horsepower out of the supercharger.
03-02-2008, 03:00 AM #2
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you dont get more with the s/c the s/c uses power to make boost causing parasitic drag at high rpm's as its mechanically driven by the engine,turbos use exhaust gas to drive the turbine making boost without dragging power from the engine so thay make more power at higher revs than a s/c
Since turbos dont use power if you had 2 engines at the same rpm and same boost the turbo engine will have more hp at the crank than the supercharged engine.
The only downside to turbo is lag as they need to spool up where as the s/c makes boost instantly. If top end is what you want turbo is the way to go bottom end i still favour the s/c
Newer ball bearing turbos and anti lag ecu features greatly reduce the lag.
03-02-2008, 04:18 AM #3
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And you don't have Sc clutch problems anymore. Further more, due to the missing clutch, you can run every oil, no matter if you prefere Amsoil, Castrol or what ever.
03-02-2008, 05:18 AM #4
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At any given boost level, a turbo will make around 20 more hp than a supercharger on our engines. Turbo's still take power to spin them, but it gets the power from unused energy in the exhaust (heat) rather than taking it directly off the crank. Then, you can easily spin a turbo to make 17, 20, even 30 psi of boost when the superchargers run into drive problems way before then.
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03-02-2008, 08:49 AM #5
03-02-2008, 09:17 AM #6
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03-02-2008, 12:01 PM #7
03-02-2008, 12:18 PM #8
just curious, whats the most boost these 4-tecs will hold stock, is there like a forged bottom end kit for them ? sorry for the ignorance im a yammi guy
03-02-2008, 03:19 PM #9
Turbos can always make more power than SC's. They both produce power the same way -> by boosting the intake charge. The turbo does it by converting some of the exhaust heat, and the SC does it by stealing power off of the crank.
Also, if you look at Nitro burning cars, they typically do a maximum performance run and have to be torn down ever other run or so. They are at a level now that they cannot use anymore horsepower. So for them to trade repeatability and precision timed launches, etc for another 1000hp is just not worth it.
There have been several notable attempts at using turbos in top fuel racing, yet all of the them were plagued by difficulties staging and launching: either they would lag out of the hole or come out with max boost and fry the tires all the way down the qtr mile. It is such a fine balance between power and traction for those guys now, that they cannot trade any variability in the launch for more power. Plus, turbos are outlawed in many classes of drag racing.
Besides extreme racing (like top fuel), can you think of any other engines that use SC's to make more power over turbos? Notice that the big rigs are all turbos. They used to be supercharged, but the manufactures went to turbos. Every forum (SRT-10, covette, viper, mustang, VMAX, Hyabusa, etc) that has many, many members doing all sorts of engine mods, the results always end up with the highest horsepower being produced by turbo mods. Just look at the results of this forum -> people are making more power with turbos.
It seems like for any given enthusiast group it always goes in the following order:
Cold air intakes; then ehaust mods; then cyclinder head mods; then someone makes a bolt on SC system; then eventually the turbo kits come out. Every single group ends up going to turbos to make the most HP. And in these groups, for some people, money is not an issue; they are just out for max power.
Engineering wise, it is easy to prove that turbos are a superior solution. In practicality, it is sometimes easier to bolt on a SC than to modify exhaust system for a turbo, with all the heat issues, emissions, etc, and SC's can make pretty darn good power.
03-02-2008, 03:25 PM #10
welcome to the forum
;That is amazing. Even a newbie can ask a question and get those kind of replys. When it comes to turbo or SC even clinton could ask the question and get alot of responses.
Big topic, big issues, and alot of different oppinions.
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