No doubt about it; a turbocharger will add plenty of additional horsepower to any engine and the list of turbo component vendors and information resources is endless.
But as appealing as all that sounds, it comes with a price as understanding a turbocharging system requires a bit of an education. And that's where Turbo: Real World High-Performance Turbocharger Systems, comes in.
This book is the most complete and detailed, up-to-date resource on anything and everything related to turbochargers.
Whether you're running gasoline or diesel on 4, 6, 8 (or more) cylinders, this book will show you and teach you how to install and maintain your high-performance turbo system.
From the basics like how turbochargers work, to how to choose the right system for your vehicle by reading flow maps, to how to tune your engine for trouble-free operation and performance, this book covers it all.
With more than 300 color photos, illustrations and diagrams, Turbo: Real World High-Performance Turbocharger Systems, is the perfect blend of technology and common-sense information.
Book Excerpt: Turbo: Real World High-Performance Turbocharger Systems - Covers Gas and Diesel Engines
DESIGNING AND INSTALLING A TURBOCHARGER SYSTEM
SINGLE VERSUS TWIN TURBOS
An important decision in your turbo system design is whether to use a single, or twin-turbo arrangement. Cosmetics aside, one of the first concerns is engine size and configuration. A 4-cylinder or straight-6 engine bay will typically contain sufficient room to house a single large turbo.
If you have one of these engine configurations, the choice is relatively easy. By contract, a V-type engine arrangement may require other considerations.
Running a single turbo on a V-engine will require you to route the exhaust from one side to the other unless your vehicle, like Indy cars, has sufficient room to place the turbo aft of the engine.
The length of the manifold tubing and the total increase in heat load will likely require the use of expansion joints to eliminate the cracks from thermal expansion and contraction.
There may also be a significant problem fitting a single turbo that's large enough into the engine bay. Applying two smaller units will solve most of these plumbing and fitment problems.
Historically, the major interest in using twins has been to help reduce the turbo lag during engine acceleration. This is especially true for high-performance street engines. Two small turbines have a lower total polar moment of inertia than a single large turbine.
Moment of inertia is the resistance of a body to change in speed, up or down. Remember your basic physics: a body in motion tends to stay in motion, and a body at rest tends to stay at rest (also a couch-potato definition).
About the Author
Jay K. Miller began his career in the turbocharger industry straight out of Indiana State University's Automotive Technology Department. He currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Diesel Injection Service Company, the largest turbocharger distributor in North America.
Subject: Transportation: Automotive: Performance: Turbocharging and turbo systems. Selection, tricks, tips, rebuilding, etc. ISBN-10: 1932494294 | ISBN-13: 9781932494297 | CarTech SA123