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Great fundementals book for developing a upgraded turbo systems
on January 18, 2014
I read some reviews that this book contains too much engineering math. It's "techy". Well those folks that fear a high school calculator and rather squander their money on questionable upgrades for a dyno queen needn't buy this book. Go with what your mechanic guy told you.
Those that aspire to develop a upgraded turbo system with confidence of achieving a well-balanced result this is the book for you. In fact I believe this book isn't techy enough as much of the empirical date upon which these methods are based are not well documented. Nevertheless deriving everything down to bare bones fundamentals is not the intent of the book. It's intended to provide you with a solid foundation on how to develop or refine a turbo system.
Especially interesting for me was learning why turbo charging doesn't significantly challenge a non-turbocharged engine internals. Increasing an engine output by 50-200hp doesn't much hurt the engine? That's not obvious. And comforting learning what needs to be done to build in reliability -- something most gearheads aren't too interested in.
Some folks complain that the book is old fashioned because it referenced turbo carburatored systems. That's not old fashioned, that's being thorough in accommodating those folks interested in safely turbocharging their beloved naturally aspirated car. I'm not one of them but I respect the effort of Corky and hobbyists going down this path. At least this book gives you the tools to make necessary comparisons to the usually less attractive option of re-engining the whole car. Don't need it? Don't read it. It's only about 10% of the book anyway.
This book nicely compliments Graham Bell's Forced Induction book. It's not a substitute. I strongly recommend!