The price of gas is skyrocketing as you read this. Everyday people are more and more concerned about improving the fuel efficiency of their cars. Not just that, but there are those that not only want to be more fuel efficient, but also want more power.
Those that want more power and more fuel efficiency are too many to count. The main reason for this is obvious – to save a good deal of money on gas while also having enough power. Fuel efficiency is too often mixed with a lethargic engine. You want your car to have enough power for quick passing of other vehicles and better acceleration for freeway merging. You also want your drives to be fun and spirited. The worse thing you can drive is a slowpoke car that responds to pedal input like a drunk Great Dane on a diet of vegetables.
There are many things you can do to improve the fuel efficiency of a car while also getting more power. Oftentimes, the modifications will end up costing more or less what you were going to spend on gas anyway, but the point is you’d rather spend the money on making the car’s performance better than simply wasting that money at the pump. One way to do this is to install a turbocharger.
Not sure what a turbo is? Read more on this article about supercharger vs turbo.
Unlike a supercharger or blower, a turbocharger runs using exhaust gases. This means that it feeds off energy that was going to be wasted in the first place. In turn, it forces more air pressure into your engine boosting it and providing more power. Being able to improve your cars power using what is currently wasted energy is an awesome alternative.
However, you must be careful. Adding more power to the car with a turbo can help you save gas in some cases and in many cases it’s actually worse. It can be worse depending on the type of car as some can actually end up consuming more gas. But in most cases, the problem is actually the driver. Having turbo boost is more fun and oftentimes the driver will pick up a habit of pushing harder on the accelerator pedal and raising the RPM’s higher just to feel the boost. Sometimes the sound of the turbo system is enough to entice you to feed the car more gas.
All in all, an aftermarket turbocharger can be a great option to improve your car’s power will also improving fuel efficiency. However, the bottom line rests on the driver and his habits. If you want the turbo charger just to go faster is one thing. But if your goal is to also save gas, removing the “lead-foot-mod” is one of the best things you can do… Turbo or not! Plus, a turbo is still going to cost you a pretty penny. The question is… Would you rather spend that money on gas over time, or would you rather have a more powerful and efficient car by putting that lump sum of money into the car in one shot?