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What is a Turbo Actuator? 1
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What is a Turbo Actuator?

Here we’re looking at the turbo actuator (also known as a wastegate actuator), showing you what it is, what it does, and why you need one, before looking at when you might need to consider upgrading and fitting a new one.

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Longing for lag – Are turbochargers changing for the worse?

Over the past few months, we’ve spent lots of time focusing on new turbo tec, and the developments that are refining turbocharging at a faster rate than ever before (check out these posts on electric turbo compounding and electric turbo tech).

The idea behind all these changes has been to improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the technology, reducing lag and maximising performance. Whilst on the surface, this sounds like a worthy cause – we’re not entirely convinced.

Here’s why…

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Turbocharging – the replacement for displacement?

“There’s no replacement for displacement” – so the old motoring enthusiast’s saying goes…but does it still ring true in 2015?

Whereas once, engine size was THE determining factor in the power and performance of an engine, things are definitely changing. 

As smaller engines fitted with turbochargers take over from larger naturally aspirated motors, we explore whether they can ever truly replicate the responsiveness and performance of a bigger engine. 

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Spring Soft Tops – Our Favourite Turbocharged Roadsters of 2015

That’s right, spring is here! With the weather improving, it’s got everyone at AET dreaming about a barbecue summer.

Whilst the British summer might be hit and miss weather wise, there’s little better than driving down an open road in a fast, 2 seater convertible, with the wind rushing through your hair on a hot summers day.

This month, we’re getting our tops down, with a list of 5 of our favourite turbocharged roadsters available in 2015, guaranteed to raise a smile when the sun is shining.

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Turbo tech 101: What is turbo lag?

Once, turbo-lag was seen as an inherent downside of turbocharging, and an inevitable compromise you had to face when choosing a turbo car.

Now, with the meteoric rise in popularity of the turbo – things are changing quickly.

In this post, we’re taking a look at turbo lag, explaining what it is, why it happens, and what manufacturers are doing to eliminate it in the near future.

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Future turbo tech – electric turbo compounding

With turbocharging now firmly at the forefront of automotive development, the technology behind it is moving forward at a faster rate than ever before.

We’ve already taken a look at the rise in electric turbocharging on the blog, and previewed some exciting future developments, and now, we’re going to be looking at the concept behind it. 

In this post, we explore electric turbo compounding, examining what it is, how it works, and why the technology looks set to transform turbocharging as we know it in the near future.
 

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2015 – Year of the Turbo
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2015 – Year of the Turbo

It’s a really exciting time in the world of turbocharging.

Production is up, new technology is being developed, and more and more turbocharged vehicles are coming to market. In fact, 2015 looks to be a landmark year for turbocharging, as the automotive industry continues to look for ways to maximise fuel economy and reduce emissions.

In this post, we take a closer look at why it’s fair to call 2015 the year of the turbo.

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Staying Safe on the Roads - Top 10 Winter Driving Tips 1
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Staying Safe on the Roads – Top 10 Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather can make for some seriously difficult driving conditions, and with forecasts for lots of snow, ice and heavy winds over the coming month, it’s vital to take extra precautions to ensure you’re safe on the roads.

Prepare for the testing conditions and keep yourself on the road in the worst weather with our top 10 winter driving tips.

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Turbo driving tips – get more from your turbocharged car and protect your engine 1
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Turbo driving tips – get more from your turbocharged car and protect your engine

Prevention is always better than the cure, and looking after your vehicle and keeping it well maintained is the best way to avoid costly repairs.

With more components and a more complex design, turbocharged engines are a little different to their naturally aspirated cousins – which means they benefit from a bit of special treatment when it comes to driving and everyday care.

This month, we take a look at 5 driving and maintenance tips designed to help you keep your turbocharged car in tip-top condition.

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The 5 Best Turbocharged Cars Ever

From early pioneers like the Oldsmobile Jetfire, to modern classics like the Toyota Supra Turbo, there have been some truly fantastic turbocharged cars – but which are the best?

This month, we’re looking at some of our favourite iconic turbocharged cars from the past 50 years, and after a fair amount of debate, we’ve managed to whittle it down to our top 5!

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