ProCharger Superchargers Techical Insight - Insider

Jim Summers and Cary Pangrac of ProCharger explain how to make serious supercharged power

Stephen Kim Mar 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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If racing improves the breed, then ProCharger's vast racing triumphs have come pretty darn close to creating a genetically coded super-specimen by now. In its 15 years in the industry, the company has racked up more than 40 national championships in the highest ranks of competition and has set countless records along the way. ProCharged NMCA racers are well on their way to breaking the 5-second barrier in the quarter, and the company's in-house Nova test mule is on the cusp of cracking 7s on 91-octane fuel. What ProCharger's accomplishments at the track, on the salt, and in the dirt translate into is a superior line of battle-tested supercharger kits for your average weekend warrior.

These days, 1,000hp ProCharged street/strip machines are becoming commonplace. Success like this doesn't just happen, so we asked Jim Summers and Cary Pangrac of ProCharger to elaborate upon what technical innovations have been integrated into the company's line of superchargers to get them where they are today. Whether you're thinking about slapping a blower on your carbureted muscle car or fuel-injected late-model, ProCharger has you covered. To help you achieve your power goals, here's ProCharger's advice on how to centrifugally boost your way to glory.

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From very the beginning our goal at ProCharger has been to provide a reliable, powerful, and efficient supercharger system that can be applied to a wide range of vehicles and engine combinations. Our company was founded in 1994, and that year we released the industry's first intercooled supercharger systems--more than three years before anyone else. This supercharger, the P600B, outflowed other street-legal models by more than 65 percent, and 15 years later it still outflows comparable models by more than 20 percent. ProCharger was also the first to warranty boost levels above 8 psi, and even today, ProCharger offers one-year warranties on boost and power levels that are unheard of. Our first offering was for the small-block Chevy, and then we expanded into big-block and intercooled marine applications. In 1998 ProChrager introduced the D-1--the first race supercharger offered with a warranty--and in 2000 we launched the first self-contained, geardriven centrifugal supercharger. When 2002 rolled around, ProCharger reached the 2,000hp mark in a 400ci Chevy and also introduced the first intercooled blower system for LS-powered Corvettes. Through the years, ProCharged vehicles have won nearly 50 national championships, and our project Nova has run an astonishing 8.18 at 170 mph on 91 octane fuel with our F-2 head unit. Today our blowers have produced over 2,500 hp on gasoline and 3,000 hp on methanol. The fastest ProCharged e.t. to date is 6.25 at 227 mph. --Jim Summers

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Self-Contained Oiling
Many of ProCharger's blower unit's feature self-contained lubrication systems. The company says this arrangement offers several advantages. "In addition to eliminating the need to tap a hole into the oil pan, a self-contained blower also eliminates the heat that would be transferred to the supercharger from the engine's oil system," Pangrac explains. "A self-contained supercharger eliminates the potential for clogged oil lines and oil drainage problems. Likewise, a self-contained system allows the customer to remove the kit if they decide to sell the car without having to plug the hole in the oil pan. In the event of an engine failure, contaminants will not get into the supercharger."




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