Understanding a Supercharger

Understanding a Supercharger

Understanding a Supercharger


What is a Supercharger?


The supercharger is run mechanically by the engine. Its main function is to compress air and force it into the engine, thereby more fuel can be burnt and thus more power can be generated.


Understanding a Supercharger:


The supercharger has been around for many years, almost as long as the internal combustion engine itself. The term supercharging technically refers to any pump that forces air into an engine - but in common usage, it refers to pumps that are driven directly by the engine as opposed to turbochargers that are driven by the pressure of the exhaust gases. A supercharger can be powered mechanically by belt, gear, or chain-drive from the engine's crankshaft.




Superchargers draw their power directly from the crankshaft. Most are driven...
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