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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So now you've heard all about where turbos came from, how they developed over the years, where they are used and what benefits they bring. Do you think you now know turbocharging inside out? Take the quiz to find out!



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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.