ALL ABOUT FORCED INDUCTION
Turbocharging vs. Supercharging
As its name suggests, forced induction is really about “forcing” or getting more air into the intake of an engine so that more fuel can be burnt and more power can be generated. The two most common methods of doing so are turbocharging and supercharging, and we are going to learn more about them today.
Increasing the intake of air into the engine is one of the ways an internal combustion engine can make more power. More air means more oxygen, which means more fuel can be burnt, and that translates to more energy and power the engine produces. Therefore, it stands to reason that the bigger the displacement of the engine, there more power it can make. However, this is not always feasible or desired. Bigger engines also mean more weight and also generally cost more to build and develop. And in Singapore, for example, cars with bigger engines also incur higher taxes. Forced induction technology aims to overcome this and allow engines to make more power than they otherwise could by modifying and increasing their air intake.