Turbocharger & Supercharger Systems - Turbochargers

Power Adders From A to Z

Jason Walker Nov 1, 2001 0 Comment(s)
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The Nitrous Works
The Nitrous Works (1450 McDonald Rd., Dept SC, Dahlonega, GA 30533, 706/ 864-7009, www.grantperformance.com) offers an entry-level system that will deliver 50 additional horsepower, or serious power kits that can produce 250 horsepower or more. They also offer a line of LT1 kits that produce easy power gains for late models. All Nitrous Works kits are engineered to offer safe, efficient, user-friendly products for the street and strip.

Forced induction, what more could you ask for? It just sounds sexy, doesn't it? Long gone are the days when superchargers were, for the most part, found on Dragsters and Pro Street cars only. We now have the opportunity and choice to add serious power-producing huffers to just about anything on the road. No matter if your cruisin' a '55 Chevy or '00 Camaro, there is a street-legal supercharger, blower, or turbo that will bolt right in and produce neck-snapping results. It's easy to understand how forcing more air and fuel into the combustion chamber is going to produce such amazing results. In simple terms, bolting any type of forced air induction system will give a stock motor between 30-50 percent horsepower increase (providing your motor isn't "weak in the knees"). That's enough to give any of your buddies a friendly run for his money.

The three basic types of belt-driven superchargers are the Roots type, like the GMC blowers seen on drag and Pro Street cars, the screw type such as the Whipple, and centrifugal blowers like ATI, Paxton, and Vortec, which are basically belt-driven turbo chargers.

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Paxton
As far a centrifugal superchargers go, Paxton (2146 Eastman Ave., Dept SC, Oxnard, CA 93030, 805/ 604-1336, www.paxtonautomotive.com) offers blowers for just about any Chevy V-8 made. With its new line of Novi '00 kits, anyone can pump up to 9 pounds of boost into small- and big-block Chevy Vortec engines. The Novi, as well as many other kits offered by Paxton, are street legal in all 50 states. Most of Paxton's kits are designed for easy installation in a matter of hours and can add 40 percent more horsepower while retaining factory accessories and driveability.

Turbochargers are another way of producing serious power. Because turbochargers are exhaust driven, instead of belt driven, they tend to take a second to kick in, but when they do, turbos are as potent as any other forced air induction system.

Dollar for dollar, superchargers and turbos will bring new life to your puddle jumper no matter if it's street, strip, or anywhere in between. It's pretty safe to say that if you drive a Chevy (which, of course, you do), there is a supercharger on the market to fit your ride, just take a look on the next few pages and see a little of what's out there and what it might take to add another 100 or so horsepower to your machine's powerhouse.

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Vortech Engineering
For years Vortech Engineering (1650 Pacific Ave., Dept SC, Channel Islands, CA 93033, 805/ 247-0226, www.vortechsuperchargers.com) has been one of the leaders in centrifugal supercharging. The kit shown above, is the V9 G-Trim for the LS1 Camaro. Bolting this kit in will produce an amazing 125 ponies to the rear wheels. This kit also includes their new Maxflow Power Cooler "aftercooler," so named because it is mounted after the supercharger and cools the discharged air. It works by pumping water from a 1-gallon reservoir through a heat exchanger and on to the aftercooler. This results in a 75-80 percent reduction in discharge temperature.

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