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A hybrid turbocharger is simply a turbo that is non-standard but more specifically combines parts from different frame sizes and in some cases from different manufacturers.

Our Hybrid turbos can be designed and modified in very different ways; this can be as simple as fitting just a 360-degree thrust bearing or even less exciting a 'Staggered Gap' total seal piston ring. If this is done, then technically the turbocharger is a Hybrid because it differs from the standard manufacturer's specification, and therefore, can no longer be deemed a standard turbocharger.


So How Does A Hybrid Turbo Work?

There are many variants of the hybrid theme ranging from a turbo with only one component changed or modified through to one with all the components being changed or modified in some form or another, therefore there are no hard and fast rules on hybrid designs or the performance you can achieve.

It is a bit like a modified engine, it looks the same from the outside but is crammed full of more expensive, more exotic material, higher flowing components on the inside.

The basic idea is to get more flow from the turbocharger at a given rotor speed… this can be achieved in various ways from larger or more efficient compressor wheels, higher flow compressor covers with a larger A/R, cut back turbine blades and larger A/R turbine housings etc.

Simply “winding the boost up” is not the answer. Yes, in most cases it will give you more power but what are you doing? If you take a standard turbocharger and increase its boost pressure output you are doing two things that are or can be detrimental to the turbo and/or engine.

Firstly, you are making the turbo work harder/spin faster to make that extra pressure. The turbine is rated to rotate at a maximum reliable speed.

Spinning it faster could take you outside that zone and then you can run the risk of turbine blade failure.

Running the compressor wheel faster will certainly give you more flow and pressure but at the expense of lower efficiency and therefore a higher charge temperature.

This can cause a higher likelihood of pre-detonation and limit power output.


A hybrid turbo, if designed properly, will allow the extra flow and pressure to be achieved at a safe and reliable turbine speed and higher compressor efficiencies.

So, more flow means more air, hopefully at a cooler temperature, (see Inter cooling below) which you can then add more fuel to and hey presto, more power!

Many people including some tuners become obsessed with ‘boost’ whereas the reality of professional tuning is all about flow through the engine.

But be warned not all hybrids are that good, there is usually a trade-off for all this performance gain - namely turbo lag (excluding the latest ball bearing & Variable Nozzle Diesel turbos).

It is very difficult to get improved performance/response all through the rev range with a standard journal bearing turbo and still get big output at the higher end of the rev range… that isn’t to say it can’t be done, it can be with a careful design but on the whole, there has to be a compromise.

We will always give you honest advice, not sell you up and then have you disappointed or upset. If you’re a person who likes to shop around and you find wildly differing prices, be warned, whilst there are occasionally bargains around when buying turbochargers, with Hybrids you do pay for what you get.


Some Of The Special Features Available:

  • CNC Machined compressor covers with "Ported Shroud" technology. 
  • Designed and flow tested for maximum airflow.
  • Special compressor wheel design and sizing available.
  • Precise blueprinting of each modified component for optimum performance and reliability.
  • CNC Machined 360 Degree Thrust bearing assemblies.
  • Special one-off turbo design to suit the most demanding applications "Road or Race".
  • Modifications and machining carried out in-house for maximum quality control.
  • Garrett GT "Ballistic Concepts" Roller bearing conversions.
  • Uprated actuators & brackets available for exacting boost control.
  • Hi-Temperature and 'Total Seal' piston rings seal available.
  • Up-rated wastegate poppet valves and bushes.
  • Cutback or 'Clipped' turbine blades.



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