We understand that finding the right turbocharger can be a very daunting task, especially if you have not had years of experience working with these mean machines before. In order to narrow down the answer you will need to ask yourself a few questions:
Firstly, what is it that you are aiming to achieve?
Is the turbocharger you are seeking going to be used for a Motorsport application?
Or are you aiming to increase everyday road performance and engine power?
Or is it a drag racing car you plan on launching down Santapod's raceway?
Once we know this we can potentially determine an appropiate range of applications for you to consider.
How to narrow it down?
A primary input that can help determine which turbocharger is right for you is brake horsepower. What gains are you looking for? A slight increase, or a drastic improvement that is going to launch you into the 21st century? Once you have established this you can narrow the list down that little bit further. Keep in mind the engine capacity, the maximum usable engine RPM and whether the turbo is to be oil or water cooled. Once these critical answers are covered we can start to set out the exact specifications that your turbocharger will have incorporated in order to suit your exact needs.
A fast responding turbo or the ultimate BHP?
So which one to sacrifice? Will your turbocharger require a very fast response where maximum torque is focused upon? This is most commonly found in rally car engines. Or are you looking for maximum BHP that will sacrifice low end performance? You may be sitting there thinking why not both? It is rare to find an application that has both a very high spool and high brake horsepower in one turbo unit, but it is not impossible. Select applications, including our BorgWarner's EFR range of turbochargers, now offer such performance. The range produces high brake horsepower and minimal lag, so make sure to check these out on our website. Though commonly, as I am sure a lot of you may know, the larger the turbo the bigger the brake horsepower, however your spool time will be greater (this is also known as turbo lag). Therefore you will need to determine what your intended vehicles use is and what would be the better option for it.
What’s your budget?
Let’s get straight to the point - How much it is all going to cost? As I am sure you are aware car parts are not cheap, especially the high end products such as turbochargers. Well, not the ones that lasts more than 10 seconds anyway. Genuine parts, trusted brands and quality build processes can be costly. If you have a budget of £200 I’m sure we can hook you up with a fantastically awful turbo via eBay in no time. However, if it is quality and assured power you are after then speak to the specialists (Turbo Dynamics). We know exactly what we are doing and have been doing it for almost 30 years, so give us a ring and we can work out the best possible option for you and your budget.
To sum up exactly what you need to know to choose a turbocharger that is right for you:
• What vehicle is the turbocharger for?
• What is the vehicle's main use i.e. drag racing, rally events, day to day driving etc.?
• What power output do you want to achieve from your turbocharger?
• What sort of budget have you got to play with to create your ultimate turbo?
Once you have found the answers to these questions you will be able to find exactly what you are after. However, if you still find yourself stuck on what turbocharger to go for and would like some impartial technical advice then do not hesitate to get in touch. We are specialists in the turbocharger and performance turbo industry with over two decades of experience, and are here to help so please contact us today.
Call 01202 487497