How does a supercharger work?

it's our favourite way to boost and engine, no matter how efficient turbocharging is

2y ago

Increasing the power of a car can be done in multiple ways but our personal favourite is definitely supercharging. So how does this method of forced induction work?

Let me take you through the ins and outs of these screaming mechanical devices and why we love them so much!

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Comments (8)

  • the audi B8 S4 comes with supercharger, mine has a few mods ontop of that. the whine is evil! not super car killing power but i have whipped a Maserati with it so im happy

      2 years ago
  • I'm interested in mild supercharging. The Holden Buick derived cast iron V6 had a small one on top, from the late'90s to the early 2000s. You get about 30 % more torque. The engine required some factory mods, but overall I'd say it earns it's keep.

      2 years ago
  • Thank you for this great video! As I‘m european, I almost only know Turbos.

      2 years ago
  • Great video! Superchargers do have an advantage or two. You're showing a belt driven one, but imagine one driven by an electric motor. That opens up a lot of possibilities. It's just an air pump, after all. Superchargers also don't have to be placed near the hottest external part of the engine-the exhaust ports. They can be easier to "package".

      2 years ago
    • The belt driven supercharger should be more ideal since the electric motor driven supercharger uses the power from the alternator to run it

        2 years ago
    • True, but there's a power "hit" any way you do it. That's always been the "debate" between superchargers versus turbochargers. (But exhaust gas is free!)

      A centrifugal, low pressure, supercharger could be about the size of an...

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        2 years ago