29 Sep Turbo Car Vs Non-Turbo Car
Turbo performance and technology has evolved over time making the problems of unreliable, poor drivability and turbo lag a thing of the past. Properly changing your car with good parts selection and engine system would lead to a high performance street car or track car. It is not always recommended that just about anyone or everyone changes his or her car. There are some cars that are not meant to be converted into a turbo car and would perform better as a non-turbo car. Some cars that do not make good conversion projects are non-turbo cars but have a turbo version readily available from their manufacturer. Prime examples are Nissan 300ZX, Mitsubishi 3000 GT and the Eclipse. These cars are better off staying non-turbo and if you want these converted to a turbo version, its much simpler to purchase the readily available turbo version rather than trying to convert a non-turbo model into a turbo model.
With that aside, there are a lot of things to remember and to work on when converting a non-turbo car to a turbo car. Let us take this part-by-part. First off of course is the engine. The engine would take a lot of heat and pressure once turbocharged, so it is best to make sure to adjust the compression level that is manageable by the engine otherwise engine wear will increase significantly. Depending on where the car would be used you should determine if you need to replace something in your block. If it were for standard road use the boost would be just fine. However, if it is for track use then that would be different and you would want to install a steel shim gasket. When it comes to fuel management, it is important that the car is fuel injected already before turbo charging it. Then, forged pistons are ideal for a turbocharged car, which could be very expensive. The alternative to this is to use a factory turbo charged equivalent piston if there is an available one.
A turbo charged car is certainly a good project to undertake and it would surely deliver. The turbo performance of a turbo performance car is greater than a non-turbo charged car but there are some things to consider first before undertaking such a task. First if your car is a good conversion project, then the cost of turbo charging is very high. Parts and labour do not come cheap especially in this kind of project. Then there is the problem of having all the parts readily available or affordable to properly convert the car; remember that not all engines and cars have the same conversion process. Depending on the type of car you may need to have certain parts custom made.