Turbocharging – powering engines for over a century
The internal combustion engine has supported society for many years and in many ways. Powered by a liquid, this machine can speed you down a highway, propel your ship across an ocean, and push your train up over a mountain pass.
Yet, it's always possible to build an internal combustion engine that will go faster, use less fuel, or use even carbon-neutral fuels. One way to get a LOT more out of an engine is to turbocharge it. Put simply, a turbocharger, colloquially known as a turbo, uses fans to force extra air and fuel into the engine’s combustion chamber. The resulting improvement in engine efficiency and power output that a turbo achieves by doing this is remarkable
Turbochargers have been around for over a century. Let's take a closer look at this fascinating technology. Watch the video below!
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History of the internal combustion engine
Turbochargers make a massive difference when it comes to internal combustion engines, increasing efficiency AND boosting power output, but how did the internal combustion engine itself come to be? There’s a lot to discover, so join us each week for our new series, as we take an exciting journey through the history of the internal combustion engine.
The modern internal combustion engine is a true masterpiece of design, building on over one hundred years of development. The history of engines actually starts right back in ancient times, however, stretching over thousands of years, and it’s a fascinating story. Join us as we take a look back through the ages.
From animals to wind and water, humans have been harnessing the power of nature for thousands of years, and it eventually led to innovations that made it possible for us to achieve a whole lot more in far less time. We observe some of history’s most important developments – from the early use of animals for farming, to the invention of rotating wind machines.
Using animals, wind and water power changed the way humans farmed, travelled and worked, but the next stepping stone in the history of the internal combustion engine would prove a lot more innovative. The discovery of steam power made it a lot easier to carry out tasks such as pumping water from mines, and future developments would eventually trigger the first industrial revolution. Learn about steam power’s early pioneers.
While early attempts at steam power proved capable but inefficient, innovations and improvements from engineers such as James Watt and Richard Trevithick would change the game, leading to a host of firsts that included the first high-pressure engine, the first automotive vehicle and the first steam-powered locomotive. It proved one of the final stepping stones on the way to the creation of the internal combustion engine. Find out more.