Considering a turbocharged vehicle?

Big kahuna intakes or parallel twin turbo? That’s not important for now if you have a shoestring budget. The first thing you should consider is how fuel efficient is it? Then whether gas or diesel. Read on!

Turbocharging is the method with internal combustion engines to use a vehicle’s exhaust gases to cram force-induced compressed air into the engine. This concept follows the idea that a normal internal combustion engine’s ability to use air to power a combustion cycle is limited to the negative pressure its pistons creates to draw air in from the outside unaided.

However, with the turbocharger, more air mass is forced into the engine, thereby making the engine burn much more efficiently, and hence performs much better.

Comparatively, turbochargers are used more often in diesel engines due to the following characteristics:

– Normal diesel engines are designed to be over-built, helping it withstand higher pressures and heat from the start.
– Diesel engine power outputs are less compared to gasoline engines which require less pressure from turbochargers to produce more power.
– Diesel engines are not limited by the octane ratings of gasoline as diesel engine are designed to pump fuel into its combustion chamber only at the moment of ignition.
– Are proven to be fuel-efficient than diesel engines with no turbocharger. In diesel engines, more air compressed into the engine results in greater fuel efficiency.

Practically, there is little downside to owning a turbodiesel vehicle.

Turbocharged gasoline engines, though, may perform better than turbodiesels but require more consideration for balance and maintenance.

On the other hand, installing turbochargers in gasoline engines have the following caveats:

– Gasoline engines are lighter than diesel engines. Forcing air into engines has the added effect of “overclocking” the engine, increasing heat and pressure above normal specifications.
– Adding a turbocharger to a car is more expensive than buying a car with a stock turbocharger as upgrades to other parts of the car are needed to bear the added heat, pressure, torque and power.
– Gas turbochargers have to take into account the octane ratings and autoignition temperatures of its fuels.
– Gasoline engines spray gas and air into the combustion chamber at the same time it is being compressed. The act of compressing the air with already compressed air from the turbocharger may detonate a low octane gas prematurely.
– Maintenance is high, which limits gas turbochargers to high performance vehicles.

So how can I turbocharge my vehicle more fuel efficient without spending so much more?

Buy a turbodiesel. Hands down turbocharged diesels have the advantage by the price of diesel nowadays, the very design of diesel engines, and the way it saves diesel the more air you pump into the engine! Turbodiesel vehicles have a good resale value so don’t expect rock bottom prices, but expect years of good use from even an old turbodiesel. Best value for money!

Buy gasoline vehicles with turbo already installed. Face it. Unless you’re a car enthusiast, installing a turbocharger in a car will cost you too much!

Buy smaller gasoline vehicles with turbo installed. There are smaller vehicles in the market that sell units with turbochargers to maximize the small size of the engine. Look up units in the Volvo and Saab lines.

Consider alternative fuels. You can use alternate fuels such as a hydrogen-on-demand (HOD) or Oxyhydrogen (HHO)  system to supplement a smaller turbocharger and engine tandem. This system creates hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2) gas on demand from a water medium to mix with the air and fuel in the combustion chamber for even better performance.

What does an HHO system do?
Hydrogen when compressed and introduced to an internal combustion engine:
-Releases more energy than ethanol-based mixes, maintaining the overall power of the car
-Burns the fuel more completely which gives cleaner emissions
-Raises the octane level of the fuel, preventing knocking, making the engine quieter
-Lowers overall engine temperature slightly
-Requires the engine to use less gas per cycle

Is it safe?
HHO systems generate hydrogen only on demand and are therefore safe. When no electricity is routed through the HOD system, no reaction is generated. No hydrogen is in storage in this system but is kept in medium, which is basically water.

Cost?
Parts are sourced from everyday parts found in hardware shops and basic electronics stores. Total cost for a basic unit can range between $70 to over $200 USD.
What’s offered by most HOD enterprises are plans for do-it-yourself systems, with offers to build the system for the consumer if they so wish. This way the customer can opt to build it himself or to buy a unit once the concept is understood after obtaining the plans to prevent fraud.

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