Supercharger vs Turbocharger – Why Supercharged Car is Better than Turbo

one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel Today I’m going to talk about why
superchargers are the way to go for power in your car, if you’re the type of
person who thinks it’s better to burn out than fade away, well listen to this
video about superchargers, turbochargers and superchargers both compress air, but
they do it differently, as you can see on the turbocharger, it uses exhaust gas to
spin a turbine which then compresses air, sends it to a cooler, and then into the
intake manifold to boost the engine, where superchargers use a belt that runs
off the engine to spin and then compress air, and throw it inside the engine, it’s
more direct, now I like superchargers for power, and I know people are saying,
Scotty but most of the modern cars come with turbochargers why, well in the
United States that’s mainly because of federal law, there’s so much pressure on
the manufacturers to make cars with better gas mileage, and on a dynamometer,
a turbocharged car is going to get better fuel ratings, so of course that’s
what they’re going to build, but when it comes to adding power to your car, I like
superchargers for a lot of reasons, they cost less to install, they’re easier to
install, there are less complex, and my favorite reason is, they have more fast
direct power, you step on the gas they go there’s no lag, it’s run off the belt,
it’s spinning all the time it doesn’t have to wait for the turbo to spool up
with exhaust gas to get going really fast,
and anyway I’m old-fashioned, to me, simpler is better, and a supercharger is
simpler, you don’t have to infringe on the exhaust system as much, typically a
supercharger is easier to install, also your control of the boost if you’re on a
throttle you have boost, if you’re off the throttle you don’t have boost, and
they’re fairly simple to install, they’re all belt driven or most of
them are belt driven, there’s many, many different aftermarket applications to
where you could basically put a supercharger on just near anything,
now you can supercharge a lot more things than cars and trucks, check this out,
from a UTV, ATV, all the way down to a personal watercraft, you can do jeeps, you
can even do these carts if you want, as you can see here, it’s all belt driven, just
bolts on, and if you want to talk about power, the
engine would be 500 horsepower, but with the supercharger on it, it puts
out 1,200 horsepower, an engine is basically an air pump, and what you’re
doing is you’re increasing the amount of air that the engine can pump with a
supercharger, and of course if you want it done right, you need the Pros to do
the final tuning for it on a Dyno, here we have a Mustang dyno, this is what
we utilize to tune the vehicles that we work on here, so you want a supercharged
one in your cars, there’s nothing that beats a pro with
years of experience to help you out, usually when we have somebody come
in here, my main thing is to talk to them about what their power goals are, and
what the setup is and I try to sell them a supercharger that down the road will
fit any needs they might have, because you might have somebody come in here
that you know the only one make 600 horsepower right then, but then they’re
like, well I might do a motor later on so we kind of try, I I don’t like spending
people’s money twice, because the last thing you want to do is put a gigantic
supercharger on your car and find out it’s going to blow your engine because it
can’t take it, these pros know what they’re talking about, usually like the
two main kits that I talk to people about, is either pro chargers or
Whipple’s, we can even do Magnuson superchargers, and you have different
kinds too, from you know your side mount, to your top mount superchargers, so
there’s a bunch of different options on them, so they’ve been doing this stuff for
years, they know which ones are good, which ones are bad, and which ones are
kind of in between, now where do these things come from, they’re all United
States made superchargers, two of these companies are from California, Pro
chargers from Kansas, vortex from California, so they’re all american-made
stuff, and these guys are just a phone call away, they’re willing to talk and
explain all kinds of stuff, how the systems work, what it costs, so if you’re
thinking about putting some serious power into your car, you might think
about super charging, and it remember you if you’ve got any questions just visit Scotty Kilmer
channel, so if you never want to miss another one
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  2. I'm a fan of both but I'm sure back then superchargers where better. With today's technology and improvements, turbo lag is reduced significantly. That's a fact, turbos are better now.

  3. Honestly, depends on the car in my eyes. I drive a mazdaspeed 3 so I prefer the turbo (since its stock that way). However if and when I get a muscle car, I am going to consider both options, just depends if i want to hear the spool of a turbo or the whine of a supercharger. Both can achieve HP goals just in different ways and setups.

  4. Hi Scotty, i need to turn my engine over for at least 6-8 revolutions of the the engine without it starting so the small rattle gets oil just like a pre oiler would do .. i realize i cannot just pull any lead off incase i damage coils etc .. regards Si .. Jag 3 ltr S Type much better engine than the 4 ltr V8 … to replace the big end shells means pulling the motor as the sump cannot be removed ….or can you recommend a kit to pre-oil …fanx Si ..

  5. if u want to be the fastest Twin turbos is the way to go !!! if u wana be fast asf and reliable asf supercharger is the way to go

  6. Supercharger will destroy an engine much quicker. Needs more supporting mods, one is not better than the other. Very irresponsible video Mr.Kilmer

  7. if you are a true machanic why you don't do a project car instaling a sc to the celica to see your true skills about mechanic your 50 years of experince cars.

  8. Lmao get over it a supercharger smokes any turbo, any day, just look at some top fuel dragster, they all have massive superchargers installed and put out over 8000hp…

  9. I will never by a turbo car or truck ever again! Nor a diesel car or truck ever which have to be turbo'd. When turbo goes $$$$. Super chargers are just bolt on and can run without a charger if it breaks . A turbo car cannot run without the back pressure.

  10. What if there was a engine like this…
    V12 7.0 letre, twin turbo supercharged with a Tesla battery in it woah. I want to see an engine like this because I've seen v12 6 letre, I've seen combined twin turbo supercharged engines and I've seen V6/V8 twin turbo, Acura nsx V6 with battery; they could honestly make an engine like what I've said I wanna see it tho just imagine.

  11. Come on Scotty…Superchargers are limited in turbine speed, and cant make nearly as much boost as turbos can..And with a good twin scroll, there is hardly any lag…Simpler, cheaper, less complex doesnt make it better…But we all have opinions

  12. The heat from a turbo cooks everything under the hood and a supercharger, especially centrifical is much more reliable in terms of endurance and operating costs.

  13. It’s all preference and design. Some are engineered to accept one better than the other. Reliability, installation, efficiency and gains. Many swear by nitrous as well. Big rigs are turbocharged,. 4 cylinders with high revs by design do better turbo as either you get low, mid or high, not all three. Cobalt SS, Mini Cooper S and MB Compressors used S/C and then switched to turbo. Efficiency/power curve was the reason. Far from biased, if it has an engine, I dig it. Practicality wise I’m a N/A guy,. Hard to compete with and forced induction or NO2 car. Once you get too radical it’s a track car in any form, the cars characteristics change. Hard to be the fastest street or track, rat race.

  14. Yeah I'll trust Gale Banks over this guy. Gale explains it way better, how the parasitic loss is so much more with a supercharger than with a turbo. None of the big power racing crowd are using superchargers, they are using big twin turbochargers.

  15. Turbo charger is the long period, high mileage, reliable winner. Supercharging is a fad. Our great trucking industry uses turbocharging for their massive trucks, not wimpy superchargers. Plus, the fuel economy prize goes to turbocharging.

  16. Ima put this out there for everyone that dosnt know about superchargers. You can buy a 8.3l SC that gives you an additional 1500hp instantly. . . whipple makes it. And theres bigger SC's. If your car makes 400hp NA, you'd make 1900hp with a 8.3l SC

  17. What are 2 or 3 robust V8 & V6 motors to supercharge? (If you can list 3 of each flavor) I'm new to modding but have been doing my own car maintenance for years & can change the timing belt on my '97 Lexus ES300 so am not fearful of any modding challenge. I would like to buy a late 90's or early 2000's car & modify it but I've heard if you don't have a robust motor, it won't last as long. Thanks.

  18. Not a fan…they sound terrible. You get way less boost. They cost a lot more. I will wait for more power.

  19. I remember going from liking turbo’d engines, then supercharged engines, now NA engines, but a displacement supercharger is my goto for forced induction. I hate turbos

  20. Japanese they like put turbo into the engines more than European, Otherside European they like supercharge than the turbo.

  21. I’d have to disagree. I love all forced induction cars but turbos are more efficient and fun to me. They don’t need to utilize engine horsepower to operate like SC’s do and that little bit of lag always puts a smile on your face when it finally hits you. Turbos also tend to utilize much more boost than superchargers and don’t require a big engine for their power

  22. Hi I have question I have Mercedes w211 e280 2007 3.0litter v6 petrol and I'm thinking of turbo or supercharger kit any recommendations?

  23. Hey Scotty my f350 2003 doesn’t want to start on I already checked the alternator and is good can you tell me what the problem

  24. 500 HP to 1200 HP by adding a Supercharger…WTF? Can you send me a couple pounds of whatever your smokin? You do know that over 60%+ of people choose Turbos right? I've seen many different polls and surveys and everyone 1 in the end has had Turbochargers come out on top? I don't remember a single 1 that has had Superchargers even come close? Main reason is that yes, a Blower is connected to the engine crankshaft for boost at any RPM…BUT..that also means it steals engine power, it takes HP to turn it and is not as efficient as a Turbo cuz the Turbo uses exhaust prressure, that otherwise would be wasted? Turbo technology has advanced ALOT in the last 10-15+ yrs which has nearly eliminated Turbo "Lag" in many cases? Want proof? Then just keep a tally of cars on TV, Drag Strips, or YouTube vids of the vehicles choice of "power adders" and it's will be quite obvious that the overwhelming majority of what successful racers (and Streetcars) are choosing? (with the exception of Top Fuel and Funny Cars of course!!) But in the end it is truly personal preference… personally I prefer NO2…but that's just me?

  25. Turbo’s are better for fuel economy and power! I would also say Turbo’s are more reliable as well…Superchargers have belt problems at high Rpms when trying to make serious power! It also takes a lot of power to turn a Supercharger…so you lose a lot of HP when compared to a Turbo! I will also point out that Daddy Dave switched from a Supercharger to Turbo’s due to reliability issues with the Supercharger and he’s running Faster Times now with his Turbo set up in his Nova!

  26. Scotty, you left out a few major points. A turbocharged car will make more HP per LB of boost than a supercharged car. Torque? A good turbo setup will significantly exceed the gross torque of a supercharged car. That being said, all the points made in the video are correct. A supercharger kit is MUCH easier to install and package than a turbo kit and the under hood temps are lower as well.

  27. I’m assuming that you need proper exhaust cause the more air coming in, you need a way to let all that come out, right?

  28. If we have any manufacturing system designers in here, Iv come up with the ultimate positive displacement combo design… fo realz, contact me!

  29. Superchargers are not better imho. Unless you have an aftercooler, the intake temps are way too hot. Plus with new hybrid turbo technology, there's no lag at all. They are electric powered until exhaust pressure builds up

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