The History of Turbocharging

Armageddon turbo powerIf you know anything about high-performance cars (which we’re sure you do), you know that having a turbocharged engine in your vehicle means mad speed and a thrilling ride. However, do you know the history behind turbocharging? It all started with Gottlieb Daimler and Rudolf Diesel. They started to tinker with forced induction in the late 19th century, but the first patent (applied in 1896) for a turbocharger came from a Swiss mechanical engineer by the name of Alfred Cuchi who paved the way for how we look at turbocharged engines today.

While turbochargers started in the aviation industry in the early 1900s, the locomotive industry started to put turbocharged diesel engines in cars by the mid-1920s! Garrett Corporation, still one of the biggest names in the turbo world, was formed by J.C. “Cliff” Garrett in 1936. The start of Garrett’s main products during that time was for small gas turbine engines, however, in 1954 Cliff Garrett decided to split the ever-growing turbocharger division from the gas turbine division, which would then be named Garrett Automotive!

During the first oil crisis in 1973, automotive turbocharging technology had evolved enough to progress within the commercial diesel market, where it began to make a name for itself and grow in popularity, eventually becoming a standard in the transportation industry in the late 1980s! In today’s society, turbocharged engines are widely accepted as a performance option and the future keeps looking brighter and faster for the turbocharged engine!

Turbocharger technology is making some serious strides, dominating its naturally aspirated and supercharged competitors, and creating a new era for turbo! In the last 10 years alone, turbocharged engines have made monumental gains that no longer make superchargers more powerful than turbochargers when compared side-by-side. With computer software and CNC technology, engineers have been able to perform both simulated and test designs before putting systems into production, which in return has helped to refine the wheels and housing to increase power output and efficiency.

When being compared to the cost of a supercharger to a turbocharger, you’ll find that when you put dollar to dollar, a turbocharged system is truly unsurpassable! At Armageddon Turbo Systems, we believe in only designing the best turbochargers for brands like Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC. That’s why we choose Garrett turbochargers over other brands because the numbers don’t lie! We pride ourselves on selling the very best turbo kits, so it only makes sense that we use the best turbochargers!

To learn more about how Armagedon Turbo Systems can turbocharge your vehicle, give us a call today at 505-672-8112.

Visit some of our other articles on turbo charging and what it can do for the performance of your car or truck, click links below:
What Makes Our Turbo Kits So Special?
Why We Love Turbochargers!
Choosing The Correct Turbo