From car to ship: turbos are everywhere

The history of the turbo begins in the early 20th century. You will not only find them in the car, but in many applications and sectors. Turbo Service Belgium has been specializing in turbos for more than 30 years. With a large stock and innovative machinery, we offer solutions in all brands for passenger cars, vans, 4x4s, trucks, agriculture, industry and shipping.

The turbo has a long history of evolution and today has become an important part of most internal combustion engines, both in the automotive industry and in other applications, playing a vital role in increasing power output and improving fuel efficiency .

The history of the turbo

Dr. Alfred Büchi, a Swiss engineer, designs the first turbocharger in 1905. He patents the concept of a turbocharger for use in internal combustion engines. A few years later, a German company develops the first jet engine powered by a turbocharger. This turboprop engine, known as the Jumo 004, was used in aircraft during World War II. After the war, General Motors (GM) introduced the first passenger car with a turbocharged internal combustion engine, the Oldsmobile Rocket V8. The turbocharger improves the power output of the engine. Rolls-Royce and Porsche are also jumping on the turbo bandwagon. In the 1980s and 1990s, the turbo broke through completely. Iconic turbocharged cars from this era include the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the Saab 900 Turbo.

Different sectors

A turbocharger is used in various vehicles, machines and industries. Here are some examples:

  1. Passenger cars : Turbochargers are of course widely used in passenger cars, both in petrol and diesel engines. They are used to increase power output, improve fuel efficiency and increase engine response. Turbocharged engines can be found in a wide variety of cars, from compact city cars to high-performance sports cars.
  2. Trucks and commercial vehicles : you will also always find a turbo in trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles. They increase the power and torque of the engine, providing benefits when pulling heavy loads and improving fuel efficiency in these applications.
  3. Ships : Turbochargers are used in marine engines, both in the marine and marine industries. They help to increase engine performance and optimize fuel consumption, which is especially important in long-distance cruising and the transport of large cargoes by sea.
  4. Aircraft : Turbos are indispensable in the aviation industry. They are used in aircraft engines, both commercial passenger aircraft and military aircraft. Turbos increase engine performance at high altitude and provide more efficient combustion in the engines, resulting in better fuel efficiency and higher speeds.
  5. Industrial machines : Finally, there are various industrial applications, such as power plants, oil refineries, chemical plants and other production facilities, where turbos cannot be missed. They are used to produce compressed air for industrial processes such as pneumatic tools, pneumatic conveying systems and other applications where compressed air is required.

Keep innovating

Turbocharger technology continues to evolve and is used in various applications such as passenger cars, trucks, marine engines and industrial machinery. Modern turbo systems use advanced technologies, such as variable geometry turbos (VGT) and electric turbochargers, to further improve performance and efficiency.

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