Mercedes Eliminates Turbo Lag
Bye-bye turbo lag.
Mercedes and Garrett have partnered up to eliminate turbo lag. They have created a turbocharger that, along with a 48-volt electrical system, has no turbo lag.
Mercedes said that the system would be "connected to the combustion engine's cooling circuit to create an optimized temperature environment at all times."
Turbochargers use the energy of exhaust gases to power a turbine that compresses air and shoots it into an internal combustion engine (ICE). However, turbos do take time to spool up, especially larger ones.
Mercedes' new turbocharger will be able to maintain the boost even under braking. "The electric turbocharger is able to maintain boost pressure at all times, so that a continuous and direct response is assured," said Mercedes in the press release.
Garrett has been manufacturing turbochargers since 1954 and has been investing in electric systems for some time now. They have been using electric motors to power the turbine that compresses the air.
This tech was initially supposed to be used in the One, which is Mercedes' new F1-powered supercar, but they have decided to begin fitting these to the next generation of cars.
Mercedes, however, made it clear that the future of the company is still electric and is still determined to make its entire lineup powered by a motor, rather than an internal combustion engine.