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Car and Driver: See How Turbochargers and Superchargers Work with These Detailed Animations

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-With forced induction quickly becoming the norm on today’s cars, it’s important to understand how it all works. Turbochargers and superchargers are fairly simple devices in principle, but a good visual is sometimes the best way to show how something functions. This site from Australian tire seller Tyroola provides excellent visual explainers for how various types of forced induction work.

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The animations are simple enough for even the most mechanically adverse to understand, but detailed enough for gearheads to appreciate. Tyroola’s site lets users explore a cutaway of a supercharged V-6 and a turbocharged inline-four in 360 degrees, with key components and airflow all cleanly indicated. The site also explains the three most common types of superchargers (Roots, twin-screw, and centrifugal) and the three most-popular turbocharging setups (single turbo, twin-turbo, and twin scroll).

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Exploring the animations also reveals why turbocharging is all the rage today, while supercharging has been relegated to a handful of performance cars. Supercharging offers instant throttle response and easier heat management, but they’re inefficient. Turbos take much less power to operate, which is why they make sense for engines more focused on efficiency.

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Be careful if you head to this site, though–you might find yourself there for a long time.

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This story originally appeared on Road & Track via Jalopnik.

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