Would you like to know more about Supercharging your vehicle?
What is Supercharging?
Supercharging refers to a mechanical pump, belt driven from a pulley on the engine's crankshaft, which forces a pressurized fuel/air mixture in to the cylinders. This additional volume of fuel and air dramatically increases the work output of each power stroke. The pressure of the supercharged mixture is called boost, which is usually measured by a gauge calibrated in pounds per square inch (psi). When reliability and durability are more important than sheer maximum power, experience has shown that a reasonable boost of 6 psi should be used. At this level, engine horsepower will be increased by 30% or more. The additional torque afforded by supercharging delivers greatly enhanced acceleration capability, improved highway passing ability, and near effortless hill climbing capability.
Why is Supercharging better than Turbo charging?
Both supercharging and turbo charging increase horsepower by forcing a denser fuel/air mixture into the engine's combustion chamber. Turbochargers are exhaust driven and depend upon a centrifugal compressor to pressurize the induction system. Because they depend on the exhaust gas energy to drive the turbine wheel, turbochargers are relatively ineffective at low engine speeds and under light load conditions when exhaust gas flow is minimal. As energy is extracted from the exhaust, there is an increase in back pressure and temperature which tends to deteriorate lessen the power output of the engine. Since a turbocharger cannot start to produce boost until there is sufficient exhaust gas to drive the impeller, turbo equipped engines have a delayed response when asked to accelerate from low speeds (turbo lag). i.e. you push the pedal...and wait for the boost. With a supercharger you push the pedal and feel the powerful boost take hold instantly. Camden Superchargers are belt driven directly from the camshaft. This means that even when the throttle is opened at low engine speed, boost will be available. You step on the pedal and the response is instantaneous - your car, truck, boat, will have extra power on demand, and without the tremendous under the hood temperature rise characteristic of a turbo charged engine. Engine torque is increased over the entire operating range of the engine, resulting in better performance in any gear at any speed. Camden Supercharger can provide quicker starts away from an intersection than a turbocharger and greatly improve passing and hill climbing capabilities. The sensation is as though a few more cylinders have been added to your engine.
Will Supercharging shorten the engine life?
If your engine is in good mechanical condition, the addition of a Camden Supercharger will not harm or shorten engine life. Our superchargers have proven themselves over thousands of miles of use to be safe and reliable. Since a supercharged engine feels so much more responsive, caution needs to be exercised to avoid overreving. As with any engine, whether supercharged, turbo charged, or not, continued abuse can have a detrimental effect on engine life.
What will happen to my gas mileage?
Under normal driving conditions, gas mileage should not be adversely affected by the addition of a supercharger. When you need extra power, remember that it takes more fuel to make more horsepower. The net effect may be a slight drop in overall gas mileage of 1 to 2 miles per gallon.
How difficult is it to install a Camden Supercharger?
Each Camden Supercharger kit is specifically designed for the application. The existing inlet manifold must be replaced with a new supercharger manifold and a new crankshaft pulley substituted for the original. With ordinary hand tools, a supercharger installation can be completed in 10 hours or less, with no cutting, no welding, or additional machine work required. All work is outside the engine. A step by Step instruction manual is provided to assist you in the installation process. The final look is clean, and normal maintenance is not impaired.
Please note that Camden Superchargers are not emissions legal in California and other areas with emission controled highways. Camden Superchargers are intended for race applications and off road use only.