Turbocharging and Supercharging: Key Differences

When you think about enhancing engine performance, two things come to mind, turbocharging and supercharging. Both of these forced induction methods share the common goal of increasing your engine’s horsepower. 

What turbochargers and superchargers do is compress air to increase the flow of oxygen throughout your engine. This is done by a process known as forced induction, which capitalizes on the principle that more air combustion creates a greater power output. Through air compression, you increase density which allows for more oxygen into your engine.  

Now that may be what they share in common but have some key differences. In this article, we will be looking at the main differences between turbocharging and supercharging.

The Differences Between Turbocharging and Supercharging 

Both of these methods are similar in that they both use a forced induction process. The main difference between turbocharging and supercharging is how the air compression components receive power. A turbocharger is an indirect method that doesn’t mechanically connect to your engine. Meanwhile, a supercharger will physically connect to the engine. A turbocharger uses the exhaust gas from the engine to rotate the turbine that powers the compressor. Meanwhile, a supercharger uses its engine’s crankshaft as an energy source for the compressor. 

When it comes to turbocharging and supercharging, there are pros and cons for each of them. Let’s first take a look at turbocharging. Turbocharging is better for small engine systems. Turbocharging is lighter in weight and is better for fuel economy. Turbocharging is overall more efficient and will do the most to reduce carbon emissions. On the flip side, turbocharging has some turbo lag, is harder to install, and is designed more for a specific engine range rather than across the board. 

However, with supercharging, you will produce a lot more horsepower compared to turbocharging. Thus, supercharging is generally a quick fix for boosting larger displacements of power. Supercharging also has no power lag and delivers power instantly and has a longer useful life. On the flip side, supercharging will result in a greater carbon footprint due to its lower fuel economy due to its power draw. Supercharging also tends to be louder and can attract attention. 

Ultimately your engine type will determine which one is better for you personally. But regardless, if you live in Phoenix or any of the surrounding areas, Lopers Performance can help find the type that is best for you. 

Why Choose Lopers Performance?

Why choose Lopers Performance for your high performing vehicle? Because we offer both turbocharging and supercharging options. In addition, we have a wide selection of high quality performance parts. So, whether you have a muscle car, a classic car, or a classic truck, we can find you the parts and deliver the best automotive performance. In addition, we offer the best service in Phoenix and all surrounding areas. Our service center is of top caliber. Lopers Performance will get your vehicle’s performance and horsepower capabilities to their very best. So, for all your high performing automotive needs, Lopers Performance is the place for you. You’ll truly get the best value for your vehicle at Lopers Performance. So, come on down and get your high performance vehicle running at its very best.

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