The turbo charger or more accurately termed the super turbo charger has been a staple to the tuning scene for some time now. This technical article will cover the three most common turbocharger setups and their differences.

Single Turbocharger System

Single turbo systems are most commonly seen on small four cylinder motors, but can also be found in larger full race applications. In a single turbo system all exhaust gases are feed into the hot side of a single turbocharger, this in turn spins up the cool side of the turbo creating suction resulting in positive pressure at the output of the turbocharger.

Honda RA168E Enginer

Parallel Twin Turbocharger System

In a parallel twin turbo system exhaust gasses are split to feed two identical turbochargers independently of each other. This has the immediate advantage of allowing for V configuration motors to avoid lengthy piping systems to feed a single turbocharger.

McLaren MP4/2 Engine

Sequential Twin Turbocharger System

Sequential turbo systems also known as compound turbo systems utilize a small and large turbocharger both turbochargers are feed from the same exhaust flow, unlike in a parallel setup. The main purpose of a sequential setup is to better provide power across the entire power band. 

BMW 3 Series Diesel Turbo Setup

So there you have it the three main types of turbocharger systems. If you are looking or turbo kits or to upgrade an existing turbo system check our products offered here.