Supercharging 101

| June 12, 2020 More

We break down the pros and cons of three types of crank-driven boost!

There are very few single parts or pieces that can add the power, look, and overall “wow factor” to a high performance street or drag car than a supercharger. As technology has advanced, so too have the types and applications available. RPM recently contacted the crew at and got the scoop on the pros and cons of each setup. As evidenced by the variety of systems seen on the cars featured in this issue alone, there really are very few limitations other than a vivid imagination (and a healthy checkbook!) in building a killer blown  application for your ride, and as always, much of the decision making process comes down to personal preference.

A supercharger is basically a large pump that blows or compresses air and forces it into the engine’s intake. Turbochargers do the same thing, only they are run by exiting exhaust gasses, while superchargers are powered by the engine’s spinning crankshaft, normally via the accessory belt.

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